Representatives are signing the communiqué
Representatives from Japan, China and South Kerea (left to right)
In late October, by taking the opportunity of hosting the 7thBuddhist Friendship Exchange Conference among China, South Korea and Japan in Beijing, eight Buddhist leaders from Hong Kong, Macao and across the Taiwan Straits proposed to hold a First World Buddhist Forum in China. The planned forum is targeted both at Buddha's fourfold of disciples as well as those spiritual friends who care for and respect Buddhism. The proposal gained a positive response and support from friends of the Buddhist community of South Korea and Japan and was included in the communiqué of the conference.