More Democrats should be embraced by the Beijing Government, said a member of the party invited to the Beijing Liaison Office's spring reception yesterday. Three Democrats - lawmaker Fred Li Wah-ming, former lawmaker Tik Chi-yuen and Yuen Long District Council member and former lawmaker Zachary Wong Wai-yin - were invited to the reception at the Convention and Exhibition Centre by office director Jiang Enzhu. They also were invited last year. All are former members of Meeting Point, the moderate pro-democracy political group that merged with the United Democrats to form the Democratic Party in 1994. Mr Li was reissued with a home return permit last month after the mainland entry document was confiscated in 1999. Mr Wong, who did not attend last year's reception, welcomed last night's invitation but said it did not mean the party's relations with Beijing had improved. He hoped Beijing could invite more Democrats next year. 'More communication could help better understanding of each other,' Mr Wong said. Instead of sending the invitation to the Democratic Party's headquarters, the cards were sent to Meeting Point's old headquarters in Jordan.