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New Party delegation arrives in Nanjing
By Zhan Lisheng in Guangzhou and Song Wenwei in Nanjing (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-07-08 06:03

The visiting New Party delegation from Taiwan arrived in Nanjing, capital of East China's Jiangsu Province, yesterday afternoon, after concluding a visit to Guangzhou, capital of South China's Guangdong Province.

At a welcoming ceremony in Nanjing given by Li Yuanchao, secretary of Communist Party of China (CPC) Jiangsu Provincial Committee, New Party Chairman Yok Mu-ming said: "We have come to Nanjing because the city gives us Chinese people on both sides of the Taiwan Straits many memories of the past."

Nanjing has a prominent position in China's modern history.

It was where Dr Sun Yat-sen, pioneer of China's democratic revolution, founded the Republic of China in 1911 when he led people to overthrow the Qing Dynasty (1616-1911), China's last feudal dynasty.

Following the overthrow, Sun also established the capital there.

"Though we are separated by the Straits geographically, we share the same roots of culture and history which will only grow stronger when we remember history and look to the future," Yok said.

Li said he was happy to receive Yok and his delegation in Nanjing at this special moment when Chinese people are commemorating the 60th anniversary of China's victory in the War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression.

Li said he hoped people across the Straits, especially the younger generation, would not forget history and work for world peace and the prosperity of China.

Before leaving Guangzhou, Yok and his delegation paid homage at the Huanghuagang 72 Martyrs' Tombs yesterday morning.

The mausoleum was built in memory of the 72 martyrs of the abortive Guangzhou Uprising, launched in 1911 by Sun's close aid Huang Xing.

Those buried at the cemetery include famous revolutionary martyrs Pan Dawei, Deng Zhongyuan, Yang Xianyi, Feng Ru and Shi Jianru.

"By paying tribute to the martyrs, we are here to pursue a noble spirit," said Yok.

"We hope people on both sides will treasure this opportunity today, be united and work together to seek the prosperity of the Chinese nation."

On behalf of the delegation, Yok presented a wreath, and watered a pine tree planted by Dr Sun in 1912.

The delegates bowed three times, stood in silent tribute for one minute and walked around the tombs.

"The young martyrs sacrificed their lives for a more prosperous nation, we should learn from them and do our bit for the unity of the Chinese nation," he said.

The delegation was greeted by thousands of people, who welcomed the Taiwan guests with applause, singing and dancing.

(China Daily 07/08/2005 page2)

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