Top political adviser stresses consensus building, continuous learning in CPPCC work
China's top political adviser Wang Yang on Wednesday called on political advisers to build consensus in their work and understand the importance of continuous learning during the closing meeting of the Second Session of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China and that of the establishment of the CPPCC, Wang told political advisers to stay to the mission, grasp CPPCC's new historical orientation, and learn from experience and wisdom to promote its development.
Wang asked political advisers to understand the importance, urgency and long-term nature of continuous learning.
Learning concerns the progress of political advisers and the future of the cause of the CPPCC while focusing on learning is a longstanding tradition and a significant task of the CPPCC, Wang noted.
"Every day brings in new opportunities and challenges [to China]," Victor Gao, vice president of the Center for China and Globalization voicing his support of Chairman Wang's suggestions that all CPPCC members should keep learning new things to help bring out "more higher-quality proposals."
New era, new image
Wang during the closing speech pointed out the CPPCC in the new era should have a new appearance and its members should also have a new image.
We should advocate innovation and dare to innovate to play an important role in political consultation, democratic oversight, and participation in and deliberation of state affairs, he told CPPCC members.
The CPPCC has no honorary members, only responsible members, the top political adviser stressed.
He said all CPPCC members should do their duty and exert their efforts in their work concerning with state affairs and people's livelihood.
At the closing meeting, CPPCC members also adopted a political resolution, supporting major reports delivered during the Two Sessions.
During the Two Sessions, Chinese President Xi Jinping attended a joint panel discussion of political advisers from the sectors of culture, art, and social sciences.
The document said political advisers echoed President Xi's call on strengthening cultural confidence and adhering people-centered principle.
The document also called for cutting taxes, improving the country's business environment, and furthering supply-side structural reform.
Gao believed adapting a political resolution is something "truly extraordinary," as it makes the whole system more structured.
"CPPCC conducts sessions more often and very much more institutionalized," he told CGTN. "Having a CPPCC resolution is making the voice of (the) CPPCC, as a whole, more impactful."
Gao also suggests what the resolution contains is exactly what the country needs right now, that will also help advance the system serve a more vital role in the world's second-largest economy.
Former CNN Beijing Bureau chief Jaime Florcruz observed, "The role it plays is really to project to the Chinese audience that there is consensus and that they are aware of the problems, but they also have the solutions to the problems."
More than 5,000 proposals
CPPCC members have also passed a report on their proposal-related work. Many of the proposals focus on the "three tough battles" and high-quality development. Improving people's livelihood also tops the agenda.
As of 5 p.m. on March 7, political advisers had submitted 5,113 proposals since the session started on March 3.
After examination, 3,859 proposals were put on file, which includes 3,499 from CPPCC members and 360 from other groups.