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Ambassador Lu Shaye Attends Symposium on the 20th Anniversary of Hong Kong's Return and Cross-straits Peaceful Reunification

On June 18, China Council for the Promotion of Peaceful National Reunification (CCPPNR) in Ottawa held a symposium to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to the motherland and on peaceful reunification across the Taiwan straits at the auditorium of Chinese Freemason of Ottawa. Ambassador Lu Shaye attended the symposium and delivered a speech. Over 50 people joined the symposium, including Deng Jiachang, CCPPNR Chairman in Ottawa, Chen Bingding, President of Chinese Canadian Alliance for China's Peaceful Reunification and Chairman of the CCPPNR in Toronto, Shao Liping, CCPPNR Chairman in Montreal and representatives of local Chinese communities in Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal.

Ambassador Lu said that Hong Kong's return is of great significance in safeguarding national sovereignty and achieving national reunification, shining in the history of Chinese nation. For 20 years, Hong Kong has witnessed great success in the implementation of the "one country, two systems". Hong Kong has also embraced sustained and steady growth in economy, smooth operation of its political system and closer contacts with the world.

The central government effectively exercises its overall jurisdiction over the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), advances democratic development of the HKSAR step by step and steadfastly curbs and cracks down "Hong Kong independence" forces, all of which serve to maintain the overall social stability of Hong Kong as well as the authority of the Basic Law. Sticking to the "1992 Consensus" and opposing "Taiwan independence" are the political foundation of peaceful development of the cross-straits relations. We firmly resist separatism forces of "Taiwan independence". It is hoped that overseas Chinese and Chinese compatriots in Canada make fresh contributions to continuously promoting peaceful reunification and realizing the Chinese dream of great national rejuvenation.

Representatives of overseas Chinese pointed in their remarks that over the past 20 years, the successful implementation of the "one country, two systems" in Hong Kong has opened up a new page of Hong Kong's history where greater achievements are attained and larger development space is acquired. "One country" should come before "two systems", and neither can be neglected. We should reinforce patriotic education in Hong Kong to solidify a strong national concept. We strongly oppose "Hong Kong independence" movement and "Taiwan independence" forces and will make unremitting efforts to push forward cross-straits reunification in a peaceful way.


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