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Monday, May 20, 2019, 13:10
Taiwan compatriots encouraged to help in nation's reunification
By Kathy Zhang
Monday, May 20, 2019, 13:10 By Kathy Zhang


Taiwan compatriots in Hong Kong can serve as a bridge between the two regions and contribute to national reunification, said a senior official of the Central Government’s Liaison Office in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

This year’s Open Day was the third held by the liaison office. Visitors were allowed to tour selected areas in the office, including the lobby, meeting rooms, the staff canteen and activity rooms

The call came from Yang Jianping, deputy director of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, as he welcomed visitors to the liaison office’s third Open Day on Saturday.

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More than 1,500 residents visited the office in Sai Ying Pun during the two-day event at the weekend, during which they were received by Director Wang Zhimin, who also took photos with them.

Yang gave a speech on the country’s recent developments and its policies on Taiwan. He noted that the successful implementation of “one country, two systems” in the SAR has set an example for Taiwan in the peaceful reunification process, and the experience gained could be used to explore the practice of “two systems” in Taiwan.

Grace Ling Yu-shih, a Taiwan-born deputy member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference – the nation’s top political advisory body – agreed that Taiwan compatriots in Hong Kong can present an objective account of the mainland when they go to Taiwan and forge closer ties between the two sides.

This year’s Open Day was the third held by the liaison office. Visitors were allowed to tour selected areas in the office, including the lobby, meeting rooms, the staff canteen and activity rooms.

The office hosted its first Open Day in April last year, receiving some 1,500 Hong Kong residents from all walks of life.

This year’s event also included a marionette performance by artists from Quanzhou, Fujian province, paper cutting lessons and Taiwan snacks being offered.

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Hong Kong resident Li Tung-kuan, 80, said he was excited watching the puppet show performed in the Minnan dialect – a language used in Fujian and Taiwan.

Li, who came to Hong Kong from Fujian in the 1970s, said the performance took him down memory lane. The event also provided a good opportunity for Hong Kong residents to know more about the office and the nation’s development, he said, adding that he no longer feels the office “mysterious”.

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