Hong Kong's 'one country, two systems' formula offers an example for settling the Taiwan issue, Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen says. He was speaking at the Overseas Chinese World Conference for Promoting Peaceful Reunification of China 2010, an annual event organised by a united-front group that seeks to promote cross-strait ties and reunification. Guests included Du Qinglin, head of the United Front Work Department of the Communist Party; Gunter Gao Jinde, the association's president and a local delegate to the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference; and former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa, a vice-chairman of the CPPCC. 'Since reunification 13 years ago, there have been numerous examples that show the principle of 'one country, two systems' is practical and feasible, and that it is a proper way to handle and resolve historical issues,' Tsang said. 'Many have recognised Hong Kong's successful handover experience. I believe it can also be a practical example for the resolution to the Taiwan issue.' The chief executive also said the city had been fully co-operating with the central government on policies regarding Taiwan over the past two years, and he hoped that officials from Hong Kong and Taiwan would continue to forge high-level communications. Tsang's view echoed that put forward by Du when he visited the city last year. Du said yesterday that pro-independence forces were still active in Taiwan. He encouraged overseas Chinese to shoulder their 'historical responsibility' to see the issue through peacefully. The meeting, held for the first time at the AsiaWorld-Expo at the airport, brought together about 1,200 delegates from 60 countries and regions, with about 600 from Taiwan. The Hong Kong chapter of the China Council for the Promotion of Peaceful National Reunification was set up last year, nearly five years after one in Macau was established.