China's top political advisory body starts annual session

BEIJING, March 3 (Xinhua) -- The Fifth Session of the 11th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), the country's top political advisory body, opened in Beijing Saturday.

More than 2,000 members of the CPPCC National Committee will discuss issues of major concern to the nation during the annual session scheduled to conclude on March 13.

At the opening meeting started at 3 p.m. in the Great Hall of the People, CPPCC National Committee Chairman Jia Qinglin delivered a report on the work of the CPPCC National Committee's Standing Committee over the past year.

"The CPPCC made important contributions to implementing the Twelfth Five-Year Plan and winning new victories in building a moderately prosperous society in all respects" during the period, said Jia in his report.

Jia noted that the CPPCC held a grand celebration for the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC), and organized activities under the leadership of the CPC Central Committee to commemorate the centenary of the Revolution of 1911.

He said the CPPCC also contributed to giving impetus to the country's economic development and cultural reform, promoting social harmony and stability, strengthening relations with compatriots in Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan and with overseas Chinese, and expanding China's foreign contacts.

Top Communist Party of China (CPC) and state leaders Hu Jintao, Wu Bangguo, Wen Jiabao, Li Changchun, Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, He Guoqiang, and Zhou Yongkang attended the opening meeting.

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

As an open forum where the ruling CPC, 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.


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