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CEFC calls for solidarity of Chinese people

CEFC calls for solidarity of Chinese people
Dr Patrick CP Ho, Vice-Chairman and Secretary General of CEFC, is delivering his speech at a gala dinner at the National Press Club, Washington DC, Sept 25, 2016. (Photo / Provided to China Daily)

Washington DC/New York – China and the United States should work closely and complement one another in furthering global governance and economic development, distinguished scholars opined.

The call came at a gala dinner at the National Press Club following a forum on the history of the Anti-Fascist War on Sunday, according to a press release of Hong Kong-based think tank China Energy Fund Committee (CEFC).

Titled “A War to Remember: The United Chinese Effort Against the Japanese Invasion,” the forum was the first of its kind to invite scholars from across the Strait to discuss the history of the war.

“The Chinese and American people fought side by side during the Anti-Fascist War, and in the end achieved great victory. Although we have since entered an era of peace, we should cherish the hard-won China-US friendship, strengthen mutual trust, and advance practical cooperation,” said Dr Ho Chiping Patrick, deputy chairman and secretary general of the CEFC.

The Chinese people will never forget the moral and material support the US rendered in the aid of the Chinese resistance, he said, expressing his hope that this spirit of solidarity would continue in the coming decades.

CEFC calls for solidarity of Chinese people

Scholars from both sides of the Taiwan Strait took part in a forum organized by China Energy Fund Committee in New York, Sept 23, 2016. (Photo / Provided to China Daily)

Distinguished guests and speakers in attendance at the dinner included the former

Taiwanese Premier General Hau Pei-tsun; former Ambassador Chas Freeman; former Director of the CIA James Woolsey; former President of Shell Oil Company John Hofmeister; Director of the Institute of Communitarian Studies at George Washington University Professor Amitai Etzioni; Director of Department for American Studies Teng Jianqun, China Institute of International Studies; and Chairman of the United States Energy Security Council Robert C McFarlane, said the CEFC press release.

Prof Etzioni, himself a war veteran, also sought to reinforce the message of solidarity and peace.

The finance and energy directed to arms and conflicts harms all countries because they are funds taken away from the real needs of everyday people, he said.

James Woolsey said both China and the US could address serious domestic and international policy issues by collaborating on energy development, including climate change, pollution, energy security, economic development, and global peace.

Meanwhile, delivering his keynote speech at a forum in New York on Sept 23, Dr Ho termed the Sino-Japanese War a great turning point for the Chinese nation.

The victory highlighted Chinese unity, he said, adding that every Chinese, regardless of their origins, could find hope and community in the shared sacrifices and victory of the war.

CEFC calls for solidarity of Chinese people
Hau Pei-tsun, a retired military general from Taiwan, said the ‘1992 Consensus’ presents the right path for peaceful reunification and is for the good of all Chinese, Sept 24, 2016  (Photo / Provided to China Daily)

CEFC decided to host the forum in the US because many overseas Chinese participated in or supported China’s fight against Japan.

Their contribution, explained Dr Ho, should not be forgotten. The victory against Japan was a victory also for overseas Chinese, and China’s achievements in recent decades, too, would not have been possible without the work of overseas Chinese.

Hau Pei-tsun, a retired military general from Taiwan, said at the forum: “When we look back on the history, we have to ask why China – a poor and less advanced country – could defeat a modernized, imperial Japan. The main reason was the cooperation between the Kuomintang and the CCP. The unification of the entire Chinese nation bound the will of the people to fight until the end of the war.”

Addressing a luncheon meeting in Philadelphia on Sept 24, Hau Pei-tsun said the ‘1992 Consensus’ presents the right path for peaceful reunification and is for the good of all Chinese people.

He directly facilitated the development of the ‘1992 Consensus’, as well as the first dialogue between leaders of the KMT and the CPC, which took place in Singapore in April 1993.

Hau said that there was no factual base for the Democratic Progress Party (DPP) denial of the existence of the ‘1992 consensus’.

According to him, there is no grey area between “independence” and “reunification”. “People will not back politicians that pretend to uphold Chinese reunification when they do not.”

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