Chinese Vice-Premier Qian Qichen said at the
National Overseas Chinese Affairs Conference Wednesday that
overseas Chinese are assured of having their legitimate
rights well protected in their motherland. With China's
accession into the World Trade Organization (WTO), overseas
Chinese will have more frequent and closer cooperation and
exchanges with the motherland than ever, Qian said.
Qian urges guarantee of legitimate rights
of overseas Chinese
The three-day meeting drew over
160 representatives from overseas Chinese affairs offices
nationwide. Qian urged the offices to coordinate with local
governments to guarantee the legitimate rights of overseas
Chinese, which will also be conducive to creating a
favorable investment environment in the country.
The vice premier said that overseas
compatriots are an important contributor to China's social
productivity and an indispensable power in rejuvenating the
Chinese nation and the reunification of the motherland.
Overseas Chinese praised for role in
The work of the country's overseas
Chinese affairs is important to exert the initiative of over
30 million overseas Chinese, he said.
praised overseas Chinese for their role in accelerating
China's opening-up and rejuvenating the nation with
scientific advances and education as well as in the
strategic development of west China, their efforts towards
anti-separatism and in Beijing's bid for the 2008 Olympic
At the meeting, Qian also stressed the
importance of promoting the teaching of Chinese abroad, and
said that this will not only satisfy the eagerness of
overseas Chinese, especially the younger generations, to
learn Chinese and the Chinese culture, but also help promote
friendly ties between the countries they live in and the
China's overseas policies
proved to be right
Over the past year, China has
sustained an economic growth above 7 percent, won the bid to
host the Olympic Games, made the WTO entry and successfully
hosted the APEC informal leadership meeting in Shanghai.
Qian said that all these achievements have
proved the rightness and effectiveness of the country's
domestic and overseas policies, which keep to the unswerving
implementation centering on economic construction, adhering
to the Four Cardinal Principals and to the basic lines of
reform and opening up to the outside as well as the
independent foreign policy of peace.
that at the start of the new century, the world is in a
turbulent state and overshadowed by the September 11
terrorism attack. The global economic growth has slowed down
after 10 consecutive years of growth. However, peace and
development are still sought by people everywhere, he added,
pointing out that China faces more opportunities than
challenges in the current situation.