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Political advisors speak on Taiwan issue, HK development
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12:04, March 09, 2008

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Chinese political advisors on Sunday Morning continued to raise their proposals on major state affairs at the annual session of the 11th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).

Sixteen CPPCC National Committee members spoke at the session's third plenary meeting on the Taiwan issue, economic development of Hong Kong, rural health care, among others.

Jia Qinglin, chairman of the CPPCC session's presidium and member of the Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee Political Bureau, attended the meeting.

Senior officials from the CPC Central Committee and State Council including Liu Yunshan, a member of both the Political Bureau and the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee, were present to hear the proposals.

Li Wuwei said on behalf of the central committee of the Revolutionary Committee of the Chinese Kuomintang that the Taiwan issue concerns China's reunification and the core interests of the country.

The non-Communist parties should contribute their efforts for the benefits of the people across the Taiwan Straits and the sovereignty and territorial integrity by upholding the theme of peaceful development of cross-Straits relations, Li said.

Yu Sun-say from Hong Kong suggested that the special administrative region should strengthen its role as an international market while seeking to merge with the mainland economy, which is both beneficial for Hong Kong's own development and its participation in the development of the nation.

Yu called for the participation of Hong Kong professionals in drawing up the national development plan for the years between 2011 and 2015.

Li Lijun, a top supervision official in central Hunan Province of the non-Communist China Democratic League, proposed a complete official accountability system that put officials under the oversight from the powers of political morality, discipline and law.

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

As an open forum where the ruling Communist Party of China, 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.

Source: Xinhua

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