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UPDATED: 13:50, March 15, 2007
China's top advisory body concludes annual session
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China's top advisory body concluded its annual session Thursday morning after adopting a political resolution that calls for more effort for social harmony and firm opposition against the secessionist activities in any form to seek "de jure independence of Taiwan".

As year 2007 is of great importance in the country's drive of building a harmonious socialist society, all the advisors should earnestly perform their duty in political consultation, democratic supervision and participation in and discussion of state affairs to make contributions for social development in all fields, said the resolution passed at the closing meeting of the annual session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee.

"Everyone has the responsibility to promote social harmony which will benefit all the people in return," said the resolution.

The CPPCC members should pay more attention to people's welfare and should raise more high-quality proposals by carrying out in- depth investigations to find out the needs of the public, said the resolution.

In addition, the CPPCC members should fully play their role to promote the harmonious relations between different parties, nationalities, religions, social classes, and compatriots from both home and overseas, helping the Party and the government to resolve the problems directly concerning people's interests, said the resolution.

The resolution also called to promote the peaceful development of mainland-Taiwan relations and firmly oppose to the secessionist activities to seek "de jure independence of Taiwan" through so- called constitutional reform.

"We shall firmly oppose the secessionist activities in any form to seek the 'de jure independence of Taiwan', while sticking to the basic principle of 'peaceful reunification and one country, two systems' to keep the peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait," the resolution said.

"We shall actively expand exchanges and cooperation across the Strait, promote direct mail, transport and trade links and seek peace, development and welfare for the compatriots on the both sides of the Strait with our greatest sincerity," said the resolution.

The resolution urged different parties, organizations and people of different nationalities under the CPPCC mechanism to make contributions to the reunification of the motherland and the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation by uniting Chinese people both at home and abroad.

More than 2,000 advisors attended the closing meeting of the Fifth Session of the Tenth CPPCC National Committee that opened on March 3.

Top Chinese leaders including Hu Jintao, Wu Bangguo and Wen Jiabao were present at the closing meeting presided over by Jia Qinglin, chairman of the CPPCC National Committee.

The CPPCC members fully support the government work report by Premier Wen Jiabao, reports on the work of the Supreme People's Court and the Supreme People's Procuratorate, and the draft property right law and the draft enterprise income tax law, according to the resolution.

In addition, the advisors also adopted several other resolutions, regarding the work of the standing committee of the CPPCC National Committee over the past year, the handling of and feedback to the proposals and suggestions they put forth at last year's full session, and the examination and acceptance of their proposals this year.

According to a report adopted at the closing meeting, the CPPCC members attending the annual session had submitted a total of 4, 516 proposals by 2 p.m. on March 9.

The proposals cover a variety of issues ranging from improvement of macroeconomic control and building of modern agriculture and new socialist countryside, protection of non-state companies' rights and benefits, financial reform, innovation, cultural undertakings and other major topics that attract wide social attention.

There are nearly 2,000 proposals on issues that have direct bearing with the people's daily life, such as education, medicine and healthcare, production safety, housing, employment and social insurance, charity and farmers' income, and resources and environmental protection.

In the proposals, CPPCC members also aired their support to the national endeavor to improve the legal system for social justice, combat corruption to build a clean government.

The CPPCC National Committee is set to submit its members' proposals, after examination and selection, to 169 government departments and agencies that are responsible to deal with related issues, said the report.

Founded in 1949, the CPPCC consists of elite members of the Chinese society who are willing to serve as the think tank for the government and for the country's legislative and judicial organs.

As an open forum where the ruling Communist Party, the non- Communist parties of China and people with no party affiliations discuss state affairs freely and on an equal footing, the CPPCC National Committee has been the manifestation of China's socialist democracy.

The advisory body participates in state affairs mainly through making proposals to government departments on various issues concerning China's economic and social development.

Source: Xinhua


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