Last updated at: (Beijing Time) Saturday, February 09, 2002
Jiang Zemin Stresses Multi-Party Cooperation Under CPC Leadership
Top Chinese Communist Party leader Jiang Zemin on Friday stressed the importance of the country's system of multi-party cooperation and political consultation under CPC leadership at a gathering of leaders of non-Communist parties and the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce (ACFIC), as well as personages without party affiliation to celebrate the impending Chinese lunar New Year.
Jiang, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), made the speech at a gathering of leaders of non-Communist parties and the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce (ACFIC), as well as personages without party affiliation to celebrate the impending Chinese lunar New Year.
The general secretary, on behalf of the CPC and the Chinese government, extended seasonal greetings to those present at the gathering.
CPC to Work Together with Non-Communist Parties
Jiang said the CPC will continue to work together wholeheartedly with all non-Communist parties, the ACFIC and people without party affiliation to promote the great cause of building socialism with Chinese characteristics.
Multi-party Cooperation & Political Consultation
Jiang described the system of multi-party cooperation and political consultation under the CPC leadership as a political system that has withstood tests of time, keeps in line with the country's present situation and has particular advantages.
Joint Efforts to Protect the System
Both the CPC and all parties should value, and consciously protect the system and constantly improve it, said the general secretary.
He called on the non-Communist parties to work together with the CPC to study and solve major problems facing China.
Leaders Present at the Gathering
The gathering was presided over by Li Ruihuan, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of CPC Central Committee, and chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, a national advisory body.
The non-Communist party leaders and personages present at the gathering Included Fei Xiaotong, honorary chairman of the Central Committee of China Democratic League (CDL), Sun Qimeng, honorary chairman of the Central Committee of China Democratic National Construction Association (CDNCA), Lei Jieqiong, honorary chairman of the Central Committee of the China Association for Promoting Democracy (CAPD), He Luli, chairman of the Central Committee of the Revolutionary Committee of the Chinese Kuomintang (RCCK), DingShisun, chairman of the CDL Central Committee, Cheng Siwei, chairman of the CDNCA Central Committee and Jing Shuping, chairman of the ACFIC.
Cooperation & Political Consultation
China is a country of many peoples and many political parties. Before the state adopts important measures or makes decisions on issues having a bearing on the national economy and the people's livelihood, the CPC, as the party in power, consults with representatives of all ethnic groups, political parties and non-Party personages, and all other social sectors, in order to reach a common understanding. Premier Zhu Solicits Opinions for Five-Year PlanThis system of multi-party cooperation and political consultation led by the CPC is a basic political system in China. Multi-party cooperation and political consultation take two principal forms:
The Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC);
consultative conferences and forums participated in by non-Communist parties and unaffiliated democrats at the invitation of the CPC Central Committee and local Party committees;
More About CPPCC
The CPPCC is neither a state organ, nor an ordinary mass organization. It is a widely representative, patriotic united front organization of the Chinese people, first established in September 1949. The CPPCC has a national committee and local committees established in the provinces, autonomous regions, municipalities directly under the Central Government and counties (cities). The CPPCC consists of representatives of the CPC, the non-Communist parties, unaffiliated individuals, people's organizations, ethnic minorities and other social strata, compatriots from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao, returned overseas Chinese, and specially invited individuals.
The committees at various levels hold plenary sessions once a year. When the committee is not in session, special activities for the committee members are organized, including inspection tours of various localities. Consultative discussions are held on significant issues relating to major state policies, important local affairs, the people's livelihood and united front work. Democratic supervision is exercised over the work of state organs and the fulfillment of the Constitution and laws through the offering of opinions, proposals and criticisms. When the people's congresses are convened, CPPCC committee members are invited to attend and fully air their views.