Shanghai, 3 Mar (ZXS) -- The Third Cross-Strait Nongovernmental Forum was held on 18 March, at which experts from both sides of the strait and representatives of relevant circles discussed the theme of "cross-strait peaceful development and nongovernmental exchanges under the new situation."

In February this year, at the invitation of the Taipei City Government, Li Xiaodong, deputy director of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the Shanghai Municipal People's Government, and six other people arrived in Taiwan for a three-day visit to Taiwan. Li Xiaodong said at the forum on the same day: "I was very impressed by my visit to Taiwan this time that Taiwan's grassroots people, especially tourism operators, hotel operators, and some grassroots rental operators, have very ardent hopes for resuming cross-strait non-governmental exchanges and promoting normal cross-strait personnel exchanges." ”

Hong Xiuzhu, former chairman of the Chinese Kuomintang, who attended the meeting via video, said that although the two sides of the strait have experienced twists and turns, the people on both sides of the strait have never given up their efforts and expectations for peaceful reunification. The scars of the times can be slowly healed by time, but the regret of division does not allow the descendants of the Chinese people to falter again; in the past, many people with lofty ideals have embarked on the great cause of cross-strait integration and reunification.

The main topics of this forum are "Obstacles and Countermeasures for Current Cross-Strait Exchanges", "The Enlightenment of Hong Kong's Successful Experience of 'One Country, Two Systems' to the Settlement of the Taiwan Issue", and "Promoting the Realization of Peaceful Reunification and Exploring the 'Two Systems' Taiwan Model" as the main topics, hoping to contribute people's wisdom to the cause of cross-strait reunification.

Gao Meiqin, president of the Shanghai Cross-Strait Nongovernmental Exchange and Development Research Association, from Taitung, Taiwan, believes that the principle of "peaceful reunification and one country, two systems" is the best plan for cross-strait reunification, and both sides of the strait will pay the least price and benefit the most.

Gao Meiqin reviewed the history of the "one country, two systems" proposal, pointing out that "one country, two systems" was first proposed to solve the Taiwan issue and was first implemented in Hong Kong and Macao. After more than 20 years of development, "one country, two systems" has been continuously innovated and improved in the practice of Hong Kong and Macao.

Gao Meiqin said: "We have always firmly believed that by adhering to the one-China principle and the 'consensus of '92,' actively promoting the peaceful development of cross-strait relations, and continuing to promote extensive and in-depth consultations with all parties, sectors and people of all strata in Taiwan, 'one country, two systems' can also be fully feasible, feasible, and popular in Taiwan." (End)