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Profile: Jia Qinglin -- chairman of CPPCC National Committee
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22:05, March 13, 2008

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From religious leaders to Hong Kong business tycoons, from Tibet herdsmen to lawyers in foreign companies, people would be attracted to him right from shaking hands with the smiling tall man.

"You can feel his passion, candidness and modesty in his long-lasting and powerful handshake with you," his contacts say. Jia Qinglin, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), was elected chairman of China's top political advisory body, the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), on the second term here Thursday.


Jia Qinglin bows after being reelected chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the fourth plenary meeting of the First Session of the 11th CPPCC National Committee in Beijing, capital of China, March 13, 2008. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)

Jia is known among non-Communist party members for his superbability in pulling the wisdom of people from different sectors. Clear-minded and sharp-thinking, he has an outstanding capability in commanding the overall situation in a highly complicated circumstance with a down-to-earth and rigorous manner.

PROMOTE DEVELOPMENT

Founded in 1949, the CPPCC is a key mechanism for multi-party cooperation and political consultation under the leadership of the CPC. Mao Zedong, Zhou Enlai, Deng Xiaoping, Deng Yingchao, Li Xiannian and Li Ruihuan were successively chairpersons of the CPPCC National Committee.

During his five-year tenure as chairman of the 10th CPPCC National Committee, Jia Qinglin, with a down-to-earth and steady working style, has set promoting development of the country as the top agenda for the CPPCC through encouraging suggestions from political advisors to contribute to the country's development. The CPPCC National Committee handled over 23,000 proposals, compiled over 100 reports on inspection tours and submitted over270 survey and research reports in the past five years. Among them, the suggestions about promoting the development of the western region, rejuvenating northeast China and other old industrial bases and boosting the development of the central region resulted in the perfection of the overall strategy of the nation's regional development.

Over the past five years, Jia went to Caofeidian in Tangshan of China's north Hebei Province, where the Capital Iron and Steel Company was relocated, to research its development and environment protection measures. His footsteps also landed in China's west Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region to access the latest situation of Beibu Bay economic zone.

He also encouraged political advisors to provide proposals for the government in addressing emerging problems in education, employment, health care and social security to improve people's livelihood.

The adjustment of the government's policies in reducing the price of train tickets during the Spring Festival, the drop in interest rate of personal savings deposit, safeguarding basic interests of migrant workers and improving social security system, all proved contributions of political advisors.

During the annual parliamentary and political advisory meetings, Jia always joined discussions with political advisors from Hong Kong and Macao and listened to their proposals with patience, encouraging them to contribute to the prosperity and stability of their respective regions.

"Feel at home here at the CPPCC," he always said to political advisors from Hong Kong and Macao.

Jia also attached great importance to promote the reunification of the country by strengthening contacts with political parties, organizations and people from all walks of life on the island of Taiwan. Through participating in important activities across the Taiwan Straits, he urged political advisors to join hands with Taiwan people in opposing and containing separatist activities aimed at "Taiwan independence".

In addition, he paid seven overseas visits in the past five years to 25 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America to conduct active, prudent and steady communication and cooperation with related institutions and organizations abroad and to further expand friendly foreign contacts.
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