The Overseas Chinese World Conference for Promoting Peaceful Reunification of China closed Wednesday afternoon with the adoption of Hong Kong Declaration, calling on all Chinese compatriots to jointly create a win-win situation in cross-straits ties and to welcome the peaceful development of two sides.
The two-day meeting, held for the first time in Hong Kong, gathers over 1,500 delegates from 60 countries and regions, with about 600 of them coming from Taiwan, according to the organizer, Hong Kong Association for the Promotion of Peaceful Reunification of China.
Yu Sun Say, Executive Director of Hong Kong Association for the Promotion of Peaceful Reunification of China, said in the closing ceremony Wednesday that facilitating peaceful development, promoting peaceful reunification, realizing national rejuvenation were indispensable responsibilities that history has left for all the Chinese compatriots.
Overseas Chinese sure will take on these glorious missions, and make new contributions in promoting China's peaceful reunification, he said.
Hong Kong Declaration, a guideline document on China's peaceful reunification issued at the ceremony, says the reunification of China is in line with the fundamental interests of the Chinese nation.
The principle of "One Country, Two Systems", which is the fruit of Chinese wisdom, has been proved successful in Hong Kong and will serve as the best method in promoting peaceful reunification across the Taiwan Straits, it says.
It points out how to practice the principle of "One Country, Two Systems" in future cross-straits relations may be challenging but people from both sides are believed to be competent to fulfill the task and achieve the ultimate goal of reunification.
On Tuesday, delegates attended four seminars to discuss issues about cross-strait peaceful development, economic cooperation, cultural and educational exchanges as well as communication between the youths.
The meeting received over 150 papers and 39 of them were chosen as spoken papers for the seminars. The speakers include scholars and experts, business leaders and overseas Chinese leaders.
Firstly held in Berlin, Germany in 2000, the event had been convened in many cities including Tokyo, Sydney, Moscow, Vienna, Bucharest, Macao and Los Angles before it came to Hong Kong.