CPC learns from European political parties

07:52, May 26, 2010      

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Political analysts said Tuesday that holding high-level talks between European political parties and the Communist Party of China (CPC) had helped the CPC's understanding of the continent's political systems.

The China-Europe High-Level Political Party Forum, with the theme "Global Challenges and China-European Cooperation," closed Tuesday in Beijing, after an in-depth two-day discussion on common problems and challenges in managing state affairs and capacity building.

Men Honghua, associate professor of the Party School of the CPC Central Committee, said the experience was a "valuable" one for the CPC.

Officials from both the ruling and opposition parties in Europe attended the forum.

"A thorough study of European political parties' administrative ideas, systems, styles and patterns, can greatly enhance the CPC's capability and reinforce its status," Men said.

Li Changchun, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, called on political parties in China and Europe to communicate openly with each other about the issues and challenges of state governance.

Prof. Dai Yanjun of the Party School of the CPC Central Committee said, "Although the political system of China and those in Europe differ fundamentally, they share similarities in the pursuit of economic development, improvement of people's livelihoods and realization of social harmony and stability."

The CPC has established ties with more than 570 political parties in more than 160 countries and regions, including communist, socialist, conservative, Christian Democrats, liberal, among other types of parties.

In western Europe, the CPC has established ties with political parties on the left, center and right.

China and the United States held the first high-level dialogue between political parties in March. Senior CPC officials and representatives from the U.S. Democratic and Republican parties took part in the event in Beijing.



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