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Yao Ming: Former NBA star, new political adviser

By Xie Yu  (China Daily)

08:12, January 16, 2012

Yao Ming, together with another six newly elected members of the standing committee of Shanghai's political advisory body, poses for a photograph after the organ's annual session concluded on Sunday. (Photo from China Daily)

"There are about 142 members in the group, and Yao is the youngest," said Kong Rong, who works in the service office of Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Shanghai Committee.

Yao is not the first Chinese sports star to become a Shanghai political adviser. Former Chinese female football star striker Sun Wen took up this job five years ago.

"Yao said the new title shows trust coming from the people in the city. He had said before that once he decides to do something, he will try his best to accomplish it. So we can trust him that he can balance all aspects of his work and study, and do well in this job," said Yao's spokesman Zhang Chi.

But Zhang denied that Yao has any ambitions to have a "political career".

"The responsibilities for a CPPCC member include offering political consultation, and supervision. What Yao wants is to use his influence to do good deeds for society but not to seek a political position," Zhang said.

Under the new title, Yao is supposed to attend regular meetings, make suggestions or raise written proposals for the advisory body and government departments.

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It is good that China let these young and well educated and well experienced people to sit as an adviserary board. Hope that they will share and offer more progress for the Chinese people and the nation. The leaders must listen to them...believe or not is another issue but firstly must listen to them.

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