Chinese president calls for developing socialist democracy

From People’s Daily Online

Hu Jintao delivers a keynote speech at a celebration rally marking the 55th founding anniversary of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing, Capital of China, Sept. 21, 2004. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Chinese President Hu Jintao said Tuesday that China would give full play to the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), China's top advisory body, for injecting impetus to the causes of the people and the Party.

Hu made the remarks when addressing a rally marking the 55th founding anniversary of CPPCC, the country's most influential and broad-based advisory institution.

Hu, also general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), pledged to give full play to CPPCC as a patriotic united front organization for the united front has always been a treasure for pushing forward the causes of the Party and the people.

'It is a natural requirement to develop the most broad-based patriotic united front and realize a great solidarity among all political parties, communities, ethnic groups, social groups and all China-loving people under the leadership of CPC,' Hu said.

China would make better use of CPPCC as an important form of carrying out socialist democracy in the country's political life, and constantly develop socialist democratic politics and promote socialist political civilization, said the president.

He urged to firmly grasp the two major themes of solidarity and democracy in the future to strive relentlessly for the realization of the central task of the Party and the state.

The president said CPPCC shoulders significant responsibility and occupies important position as the country is working hard to build itself into a well-off society.

China has managed to establish its socialist political system that adapts to its actual conditions during its long-term experience. The core of China's political system consists of the people's congress system, the CPC-led multi-party cooperation and political consultation system, and the system of regional autonomy for ethnic minority groups, he said.

The key to the development of China's socialist democratic politics is to well adhere to and develop all these systems, he said.

Hu Jintao urged the CPPCC to constantly improve its advisory and supervisory capacity to meet the demands in the new century.

Hu said that CPPCC should constantly improve its performance in political consultation, democratic supervision, participation in and discussion of the government and political affairs.

Hu urged the people's political consultative conference to adhere to Deng Xiaoping Theory and the Important Thought of 'Three Represents' and be creative in its undertakings.

He asked the national top political advisory body to conduct work in line with the requirements of centering round economic construction and serving the overall situation of reform and development.

He urged the organization to make more efforts in uniting various parties and further strengthen the broadest patriotic united front.

He urged to push forward construction of the system, standardization and procedure of political consultation, democratic supervision and participation in and discussion of the government and political affairs and give further play to the characteristics and advantages of the people's political consultative conference.

He urged the Communist Party of China (CPC) committees and the governments at all levels to follow the important democratic procedure of consultations before making any major decision and policy while giving full play to the CPPCC's supervision over the implementation of laws, regulations and major policies and the performances of the governments and officials.

He called on the people's political consultative conference to pay great attention to self-improvement and asked members of the organization to keep close to the masses, collect and convey public opinions.

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