China's top advisory body has enhanced unity and friendship with Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan over the past year and played its due role in implementing "one country, two systems" and promoting reunification of the motherland, Chairman Jia Qinglin said on Thursday.
The two special administrative regions (SAR) of Hong Kong and Macao have made some new progress in implementing the basic principle of "one country, two systems" and achieved self administration and high-degree autonomy, Jia said in his work report of the Standing Committee of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).
In 2004, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) gave interpretations of the Hong Kong SAR's Basic Law and outlined Hong Kong's electoral methods in 2007 and 2008 in another important move to resolve issues of constitutional development in Hong Kong.
The successful election of the Hong Kong SAR's third legislative council and the inauguration of the second-term government of the Macao SAR have cemented the status of patriotic forces in the political lives of the two special administrative regions, said the CPPCC National Committee chairman.
"Members of the CPPCC National Committee from Hong Kong and Macao have played an active role by firmly abiding by the Basic Laws and supporting the central and their SAR governments in resolving related issues in compliance with law," he said. "They have contributed to maintenance of social stability and promotion of prosperity in the two special administrative regions."
Jia acknowledged that the top advisory, over the past year, has carried out work in various fields and also addressed the current situation across the Taiwan Straits to promote the peaceful reunification of the motherland.
"We organized investigation and study tours and probes among CPPCC National Committee members and beefed up with research and publicity work on the glorious culture and traditions of the Chinese nation to fight 'Taiwan independence' from the historical and cultural perspectives," he said.
Meanwhile, the CPPCC National Committee also promoted economic, technological and cultural as well as personnel exchanges across the Taiwan Straits to increase the Taiwan compatriots' understanding of the Chinese mainland's policy on Taiwan and dispel their skepticism and misunderstanding on certain issues.
It is the common aspiration of various parties, political and ethnic groups and all circles to see the complete reunification of the motherland, he said. "Some non-Communist parties and members of the CPPCC National Committee have, at CPPCC meetings or in proposals, called for the earliest draft of an anit-secession law to fight and curb secessionist activities."
In 2004, the CPPCC National Committee sent a total of 29 delegations to visit 44 countries and received 28 groups of visitors from 23 countries and three international organizations. It also clinched friendly relations with six countries and 13 organizations.
The 56-year-old advisory body has so far established contacts of amity with 184 institutions from 107 countries and eight international and regional organizations.
(Xinhua News Agency March 3, 2005)