The Overseas Chinese World Conference for Promoting the Peaceful Reunification of China was held in Hong Kong on September 21 and 22.
Fifteen hundred delegates from 60 countries gathered for the meeting, with about 600 attendees from Taiwan. Jia Qinglin, one of the members of the Chinese Communist Party’s nine-member Politburo Standing Committee, sent a congratulatory letter, saying that “the compatriots in Hong Kong and Macao and the overseas Chinese … have been an important force in anti-secession and reunification efforts.” Jia serves as the chairman of the China Council for the Promotion of Peaceful National Reunification, a CCP-led network connecting global Chinese to oppose Taiwan independence and promote unification.
Du Qinglin, the head of the CCP Central Committee’s United Front Work Department, called on “Chinese both at home and abroad to jointly shoulder the historic responsibility of moving cross-Strait ties forward.” The meeting, first held in Berlin in 2000, has convened in such cities as Tokyo, Sydney, Moscow, Vienna, Bucharest, Macao, and Los Angles. Hong Kong chief executive Donald Tsang and Taiwan representative Xu Linong also spoke at the meeting.
Source: Xinhua, September 22, 2010