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PERSONAL ATTENTION: Chinese President Hu Jintao (right) with Vice-President Zeng Qinghong prior to the First Session of the 11th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing on Monday.
PERSONAL ATTENTION: Chinese President Hu Jintao (right) with Vice-President Zeng Qinghong prior to the First Session of the 11th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing on Monday.

BEIJING: The First Session of the 11th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) started in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Monday.

The CPPCC National Committee members will underline major concerns of the nation’s development during the annual session scheduled to conclude on March 14.

CPPCC National Committee Chairman Jia Qinglin delivered a keynote report on the work of the Standing Committee of the 10th CPPCC National Committee during the last five years. “We gave full rein to the important role of the CPPCC as a political organisation and form of democracy,” said Mr. Jia.

Over the past five years, the CPPCC National Committee members have listened to the government work and other important reports, and submitted comments and suggestions about revising the Constitution, formulating important laws and regulations such as the Anti-Secession Law. Leading comrades of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee participated in 71 group discussions on state affairs, he said.

Responsible persons from the CPC Central Committee, the State Council and departments concerned listened to speeches and participated in group discussions throughout the five years.

Scientific uplift

Mr. Jia urged political advisers to continue contributing suggestions and efforts focused on scientific development. He listed a number of supervision and investigation activities the Committee undertook over the past five years, including inspections on the Qinghai-Tibet Railway and the protection of natural grasslands in Tibet.

He also urged them to join hands with Taiwan people in containing activities aimed at “Taiwan independence”.

Top CPC and state leaders Hu Jintao, Wu Bangguo, Wen Jiabao, Zeng Qinghong, Li Changchun, Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, He Guoqiang and Zhou Yongkang were present.

The CPPCC, which is an important component of China’s political system, has an irreplaceable role in developing socialist democratic politics, said Mr. Jia.

The political consultants have raised 21,843 proposals on politics, economy, science and other issues, of which more than 99 per cent have received response from respective departments.

Founded in 1949, the CPPCC consists of elite members willing to serve the think tank for the government and for the legislative and judicial organs.

As an open forum where the ruling CPC, non-Communist parties and people without party affiliation discuss state affairs freely and on an equal footing, the CPPCC has been the manifestation of China’s socialist democracy. — Xinhua

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