Diversity to boost CPPCC meeting

By Hu Qingyun

Political advisors more active in social participation: analyst

China’s top political advisory body is scheduled to kick off its annual session on Tuesday, with members from more diverse backgrounds becoming increasingly active in China’s social and political affairs which can only aid in China’s progress, analysts said.
The 12th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) will open its annual session at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Tuesday.
Yu Zhengsheng, chairman of the CPPCC National Committee, will deliver a report on the work undertaken by the Standing Committee of the National Committee of the CPPCC during the past year.
The role of the CPPCC has been highlighted by the Communist Party of China and central government and last year’s proposals had been handled with efficiency, Lü Xinhua, CPPCC spokesperson, said at a press conference in Beijing ahead of the session on Monday.
“The role of the CPPCC has been emphasized by the government and the members’ proposals have received more attention. This in turn encouraged political advisors to participate in social affairs,” Xu Yaotong, a professor with the Chinese Academy of Governance, told Global Times on Monday.
About 5,052 out of 6,101 proposals raised since the second session of the 12th National Committee of the CPPCC held in March 2014 were deemed useful and endorsed to authorities, said Sun Gan, chief of the subcommittee for handling proposals of the CPPCC National Committee, the Xinhua News Agency reported.
During a bi-weekly consultative session in April 2014, Yao Ming, a former NBA star and a CPPCC member, proposed the abolition of commercial sports event approval procedures. His proposal was lauded by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and later became a policy released by the State Council in September.
“China is facing a wide range of reforms … These reforms are all related to grass-roots organizations and the public, which is why it is crucial to involve various members to assist in policy making,” Xu said.
According to Jilin-based newspaper New Culture, 21 of the top 100 of Hurun’s 2014 China rich list in China are members of the CPPCC and 15 are deputies of the National People’s Congress (NPC).
The combined fortune of the 36 is estimated to top 1.2 trillion yuan ($191 billion), the newspaper added.
Absorbing businessmen, especially successful ones, into political bodies, is necessary as they can provide more precise and comprehensive suggestions to the country’s economic development, Xu said.
Li Yanhong, founder of Chinese search engine giant Baidu, ranked sixth on the rich list and a CPPCC member since 2013, will propose that China should set up a plan to develop artificial intelligence and promote a medical registration network in this year’ sessions, chinanews.com reported on Monday.
“The CPPCC should pay more attention to the political accomplishments of its members and have more full-time members to ensure the quality of proposals,” Xu Yaotong said.
The annual session of the 12th National People’s Congress is scheduled to begin on Thursday.