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Assistant Foreign Minister Wu Hongbo Meets with Overseas Compatriots Attending the Second Session of the 11th CPPCC National Committee

On March 11, 2009, Assistant Foreign Minister Wu Hongbo met with the overseas compatriots who were invited to attend the Second Session of the 11th Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee as nonvoting delegates.

Wu first of all expressed warm welcome and sincere greetings to the delegation on behalf of the foreign ministry, and paid high tribute to their long-term contributions to promoting China's reform, opening and modernization construction, pushing forward the great undertaking of China's reunification and enhancing the cooperation and exchanges between their countries of residence and China. He especially extended heartfelt gratitude for their great support for China's efforts of earthquake disaster relief and hosting the Olympic Games last year and help and assistance to the Chinese foreign ministry and its embassies and consulates abroad over the years.

China has entered into the most difficult time of economic development since the beginning of the new century as the international financial crisis continues to sprawl, he pointed out. However, taking a comprehensive view of the international and domestic situations, we still hold strategically important opportunities in this period of time because the fundamentals of the Chinese economy and society and long-term development trend remain unchanged. The advantage of China, including the material, technological and institutional foundation built over the past 3 decades of reform and opening, the strong political system of being able to concentrate resources on big issues and the harmonious and stable social environment have all increased our confidence and strength of coping with the crisis. He stressed that the Chinese nation is a great nation with huge cohesiveness. The global financial crisis does have influenced China negatively, but the Chinese people who once experienced numerous sufferings are fully confident, well-positioned and capable of overcoming the difficulties and challenges.

Each of the delegates was deeply moved and encouraged by Wu's remarks. They all indicated the confidence that under the leadership of the Chinese government the Chinese people will face the difficulties with one heart and one mind and beat the challenges.

There are 33 delegates of overseas compatriots from 19 countries and regions attending this year's CPPCC session.

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