The Overseas Chinese World Conference
Promoting the Peaceful Reunification of China
Held at Tokyo, July 16-17, 2001
We are overseas Chinese who live
in all parts of the world outside mainland China. But we always have the
future and well-being of China close at heart. As the root of our blood and
fresh is located in China, her safety or danger, or her rise or decline is
closely bound up with our fate. Thus, at every critical moment of the Chinese
nation, from the Revolution of 1911 (Xinhai Geming), the Resistance War
against Japan's Aggression, through to the current struggle of the Chinese
people for completing the great undertaking of China's reunification,
overseas Chinese have been and are of one heart and one mind in throwing
their support and making contribution to these causes.
After having gone through more
than one century of vicissitudes, the Chinese nation has finally stood up in
the world. Unfortunately, however, due to historical reasons, Taiwan still
remains separate from the great family of the motherland. But this situation
does not change the following facts: the inhabitants on both sides of the
Taiwan Strait are blood relations; they all are indispensable members of the
great Chinese nation; they are all Chinese; China is their common home; there
is only one China in the world; both mainland China and Taiwan are integral
parts of the same China; and China's sovereignty and territory are
inalienable. To realize the complete reunification of the motherland and to
promote the comprehensive regeneration of the Chinese nation are thus the
lofty objective and sacred mission of all Chinese in the world.
For many years, the contacts
between the compatriots across the Taiwan Strait have been increasing
rapidly, while exchanges and cooperation in the economic, trade, cultural and
other fields have been flourishing. In 2000, the total of visitors from
Taiwan to the mainland reached a record height of 2,850,000 person-times, the
accumulated total being 20,000.000. At the same time, the volume of indirect
trade last year broke the record for the first time and reached the value of
30 billion US dollars, while the accumulated total over the years was 200
billion. There also reemerged an upsurge in the movement of investment
capital from Taiwan to the mainland. The economic exchanges across the Strait
have created an economic situation which promotes mutual benefits and
development. The increasing contacts between inhabitants across the Strait
have enhanced their mutual understanding and affection, thus strengthening
their confidence on peaceful reunification.
Contrary to this trend of
increasing contacts and economic exchanges across the Strait, some
politicians on the island continue to take no heed of the righteousness and
well-being of the Chinese nation. They abandon the principle of "one
China" and reject peaceful reunification by stubbornly clinging to the
separatist stand of "Taiwan's independence" (Taidu). Following the
election victory of the Democratic Progressive Party, the "Taidu"
separatists have acquired a false sense of security and become more rampant.
Forgetting their own origins, they not only refuse to admit they are Chinese,
but also set out to change the cultural and national identity of the
population on the island. They take initiative to cater to the needs of
international "anti-China" forces. They intensify their efforts to
challenge the "one China" principle. They use every possible way to
refuse to come to the negotiation table. They try by hook or by crook to
obstruct the implementation of the popular demand for "three direct
links" with the mainland. In doing all these, the "Taidu"
separatists have not only severely strained the relations across the Strait,
but also jeopardized the peace and stability of the Asia-Pacific region. By
going against the historical trend, they have subjected the inhabitants in
Taiwan to serious political turbulence and economic recession, while severely
hurting the national feelings and vital interests of overseas Chinese.
It must be realized that without
the behind-the-scene support of foreign forces, the "Taidu"
separatists would not have been so rampant. On the one hand, some great
powers in the West sell large volumes of advanced armaments to Taiwan,
mastermind a scheme for "Taiwan's independence" and provide covert
bolstering and backing up. On the other hand, they endlessly talk about the
desirability of using peaceful means to reunify Taiwan with the mainland but
in reality they incessantly scheme to obstruct any move toward cross-strait
reunification. It should be pointed out that to oppose "Taidu" and
promote reunification is not an expedient measure of the Chinese government.
It is, in fact, China's new millennium grand strategy for ensuring peace for
the country and well-being for the Chinese people. It can thus be seen that
to accomplish the great undertaking of reunification and the maintenance of
world peace will stand or fall by this strategy.
We, overseas Chinese, consider
promoting the revival of the Chinese nation and China's reunification as our
responsibility. We are committed to exerting our utmost in opposing
"Taidu" separatist forces of all kinds and promoting the early
complete reunification of China
At the beginning of the new
millennium and at a time when mainland China and Taiwan are about to join the
World Trade Organization, new opportunities for cross-strait cooperation, and
realizing the "three direct links" and common development, have
On July 13, 2001, the
International Olympic Committee awarded Beijing by high majority votes the
right to hold the 2008 Olympic Games. This was a great event to which the
compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Strait had long been looking forward.
China's hosting the 2008 Olympic Games will bring them new hope. All Chinese
on both side of the Taiwan Strait must join hands, relinquish all previous
ill will, seek common ground while reserving differences, and join forces to
talk things over so as to bring about peaceful reunification at an early
We hereby call on the Taiwan
authorities to respect the mainstream opinion of the people on both sides of
the Strait, admit that they themselves are Chinese, and accept the "one
China" principle soon, so as to create the conditions for cross-strait
negotiation to take place and the realization of peaceful reunification.
We call on all overseas Chinese
in the world to (1) continue to bring their glorious tradition of patriotism
into full play, (2) take concrete actions to actively promote the peaceful
reunification of China, (3) make joint efforts to oppose "Taidu"
separatist activities in any disguise, and unmask international anti-China
forces who obstruct cross-strait reunification and plot to contain China and
hold back her development, and (4) struggle resolutely against all activities
aimed at breaking up China's territory and sovereignty.
We also wish to call on the
international community to respect the national sentiment and wishes of the
1.3 billion Chinese, continue to uphold the "one China" policy and
support the peaceful reunification of China.
On the occasion of the New
Millennium Tokyo Conference of Overseas Chinese, we wish to solemnly express
to the whole world our common heartfelt aspirations as follows:
Uphold the "one China" principle;
Resolutely oppose "Taidu" separatism;
Bring to success the great undertaking of China's reunification and the great
revival of the Chinese nation!
This Declaration will be written
in Chinese, English and Japanese but the Chinese version is authentic. Copies
of this Declaration will be distributed to the governments and media around
the world so as to inform them of the stand and heart-felt wishes of overseas
Chinese from the entire world.
(Adopted unanimously by all participants in Tokyo on July 17,