Re­uni­fi­ca­tion gets big boost

China Daily (USA) - - ACROSS AMERICA - By LIA ZHU in San Fran­cisco li­azhu@chi­nadai­lyusa.com Congjiang Wang con­trib­uted to the story.

Over­seas Chi­nese in the US are be­ing urged to con­trib­ute to the peace­ful devel­op­ment of cross-Straits re­la­tions and play more of a role in the re­ju­ve­na­tion of Chi­nese na­tion.

More than 100 rep­re­sen­ta­tives from 15 chap­ters of the Wash­ing­ton-based Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion for Chi­nese Peace­ful Uni­fi­ca­tion (NACPU), as well as of­fi­cials from China gath­ered on Satur­day in San Fran­cisco for the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s an­nual joint con­fer­ence. Par­tic­i­pants dis­cussed the role of over­seas Chi­nese in uni­fy­ing the moth­er­land and boost­ing Chi­nese devel­op­ment.

Since the new leader of Tai­wan took of­fice this year, the good re­la­tion­ship that had been main­tained be­tween both sides across the Tai­wan Straits for eight years has been greatly im­peded and the in­ter­ests of the Tai­wan peo­ple have been jeop­ar­dized, said Ran Wanx­i­ang, vice-pres­i­dent of the China Over­seas Friend­ship As­so­ci­a­tion.

He told the con­fer­ence that Bei­jing would ad­here to the 1992 Con­sen­sus and firmly op­pose “Tai­wan in­de­pen­dence”, de­spite the change in Tai­wan’s lead­er­ship. He also said he ex­pected over­seas Chi­nese to take ad­van­tage of their re­sources to ex­pand com­mu­ni­ca­tion chan­nels, pro­mote Chi­nese cul­ture and foster pa­tri­o­tism.

“The 5,000-year-old Chi­nese cul­ture is the tie con­nect­ing all Chi­nese in the world,” said Ran. “Over­seas Chi­nese are ex­pected to carry for­ward the Chi­nese cul­ture and tell the Chi­nese story well.”

He said China has re­al­ized out­stand­ing eco­nomic devel­op­ment and also pro­vides op­por­tu­ni­ties for the world. “Over­seas Chi­nese are ex­pected to in­te­grate their in­di­vid­ual devel­op­ment with serv­ing the na­tion’s great cause of re­ju­ve­na­tion,” said Ran.

“As the world’s largest two economies, the US and China have far more shared

Over­seas Chi­nese are ex­pected to carry for­ward the Chi­nese cul­ture.” Ran Wanx­i­ang, vice-pres­i­dent, China Over­seas Friend­ship As­so­ci­a­tion

in­ter­ests than dif­fer­ences. China can con­trib­ute to world peace by re­al­iz­ing her own devel­op­ment,” he added.

The fate of the over­seas Chi­nese has been closely tied with the moth­er­land and they have been play­ing an im­por­tant role in pro­mot­ing the peace­ful uni­fi­ca­tion of the Chi­nese na­tion and China’s eco­nomic devel­op­ment, said Huang Wen­tao, a com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor with the Tai­wan Af­fairs Of­fice of China’s State Coun­cil.

“We have never been so close in his­tory to the goal of re­uni­fy­ing the Chi­nese na­tion,” he said. “The devel­op­ment and progress of the main­land pro­vides the foun­da­tion for peace­ful cross-Straits uni­fi­ca­tion.”

Huang re­it­er­ated that Bei­jing’s prin­ci­ples and poli­cies con­cern­ing Tai­wan are con­sis­tent and will not change af­ter the lead­er­ship changed.

“Al­though the road will not be smooth, the Chi­nese uni­fi­ca­tion is in­evitable. We will keep walk­ing on the right road,” he told the con­fer­ence.

Zha Liyou, deputy Chi­nese con­sul in San Fran­cisco, also at­tended the con­fer­ence. He said the whole Chi­nese na­tion, in­clud­ing the peo­ple of Tai­wan, will ben­e­fit from the Chi­nese uni­fi­ca­tion and re­ju­ve­na­tion, which is the shared goal of the peo­ple across the Straits and all the over­seas Chi­nese.

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