The Asia Pacific Law Association ("APLA") was founded in 2001 in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region ("Hong Kong") under the initiative of Mr. Wang Daohan, the former president of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits ("ARATS"). Mr. Wang is of the view that Hong Kong is equipped with the best legal foundation among mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. Therefore, it is essential to establish a communication platform for legal professionals from these three four jurisdictions, in order to promote the construction and modernization of the legal system in China.

Unlike the Law Society of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Bar Association which separates membership of solicitors and barristers, APLA comprises both solicitors and barristers from both associations. Apart from barristers and solicitors, APLA members also include legal scholars, law students and association supporters. In addition to Hong Kong residents, APLA also includes members who are residents of mainland China, Taiwan and Macao.

After the investment of much hard work over the past ten years, nearly 100 members have joined the APLA, and over 1000 people from all walks of life have participated in the activities of APLA. Having successfully organized several exchange activities with discussion on such important topics as the One-country-two-systems Policy, Implementation of the Basic Law in the HKSAR, and the Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement, APLA has achieved fruitful results which have been widely recognized by the National People's Congress, the central and local governments and the legal profession.

The 12th Five-Year Plan from 2011 to 2015 in China explicitly emphasizes the promotion of further development of the bilateral relationship. During his visit to Hong Kong in August 2011, the Vice Premier, Mr.Li Keqiang pointed out that Hong Kong plays an indispensable role in economic reform and modernization in China.

To promote the improved development of APLA, realize the benefits of the implementation of the bilateral policy, unleash Hong Kong's role in the economic reform and modernization in China, and thus fulfill Mr. Wang Daohan's wishes, APLA seeks to continue to build on its foundation and actively develop into a more influential communication platform for legal professionals among mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.

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