Shen Yueyue (R2), vice-chairperson of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress and president of the ACWF, meets a delegation led by Pansy Ho Chiu-king (L2), president of the HKFW. [Women of China/Fan Wenjun]
Shen Yueyue, vice-chairperson of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress and president of the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF), met a delegation from Hong Kong Federation of Women (HKFW) on September 4 in Beijing.
The delegation was led by Pansy Ho Chiu-king, president of the HKFW.
Song Xiuyan, vice-president and first member of the Secretariat of the ACWF, had a friendly meeting with the visiting group.
Those who attended the meeting included Zhang Xiaolan, vice-president and member of the Secretariat of the ACWF, and Qiu Hong, deputy-director of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).
Shen gave her warm welcome to the delegation.
She said the Communist Party of China (CPC) with Chinese President Xi Jinping as the core leader has unswervingly implemented the nation's principle of "One Country, Two Systems" since the 18th CPC National Congress.
The principle has effectively maintained long-term prosperity and stability of the HKSAR and safeguarded the national sovereignty, security and development interests.
Practice has proved that the principle is the best solution to the question left by history in Hong Kong and it is also the best institutional arrangement to maintain long-term prosperity and stability of the region, she commented.
Shen noted that Xi's remarks made at the Meeting Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Hong Kong's Return to the Motherland and the Inaugural Ceremony of the Fifth-term HKSAR Government has pointed out a clear direction for the future development of the region.
Xi's statement also indicated that the practice of the principle will be promoted in the HKSAR in a stable and long-term way.
Shen gave her full approval to the fruitful efforts made by the HKFW in terms of showing abiding love of the country and the region; positively supporting the HKSAR government's administration in accordance with the law; closely paying attention to the region's social affairs and women's livelihood; and, safeguarding women's rights and interests and advancing the region's harmony and stability.
Concerning the principle and the future development of the region, the HKFW has actively and clearly shown its stance, bearing strong responsibility for the country and the region whilst doing its part in maintaining Hong Kong's prosperity and stability.
Meanwhile, Shen expressed her thanks to the HKFW for its efforts to care for the country's women and children by supporting the ACWF's charity schemes such as Water Cellar for Mothers and Health Express for Mothers.
Shen hoped that the HKFW president and the new council will continue upholding the principle of showing love of both the country and the region; unite women from various fields across the region to support the fifth-term HKSAR government and comprehensively implement the "One Country, Two Systems".
The HKFW is hoped to strengthen solidarity and make full use of its advantage to closely contact women and youngsters; continue showing care to and supporting Chinese mainland's economic and social development and women and children's causes; deepen communications and cooperation; and, make contributions to the country and the region's prosperity, to jointly make arduous efforts for the realization of the "Two Centenary Goals" and the Chinese Dream of the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.
During the meeting, Song talked about the ACWF's recent major work, especially on federation reform and poverty alleviation.
Song encouraged the HKFW to thoroughly study Xi's remarks at the Meeting Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Hong Kong's Return to the Motherland; keep on showing patriotism; actively support the region's administration in accordance with the law; and, stay true to its mission and make greater progress.
Shen Yueyue (R) and Pansy Ho Chiu-king exchange gifts during the meeting. [Women of China/Fan Wenjun]
Song Xiuyan, vice-president and first member of the Secretariat of the ACWF, along with visiting guests from HKFW, pose for a group photo. [Women of China/Fan Wenjun]
(Source: China Women's News/Translated and edited by Women of China)