Report on the Work of the Standing Committee of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference文章源自英文巴士-https://www.en84.com/13144.html
Delivered at the Fifth Session of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference on March 4, 2022文章源自英文巴士-https://www.en84.com/13144.html
On behalf of the Standing Committee of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), I present this report on our work for your deliberation.
I. 2021 in Review: Fulfilling Our Duties with a Focus on Implementing the 14th Five-Year Plan and Embarking on a New Journey
Last year was a milestone in the history of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the history of the People’s Republic of China. Confronted with a complicated international landscape and the challenging tasks of pursuing reform and development and ensuring stability at home, the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core rallied and led the entire Party and the Chinese people in responding with composure to once-in-a-century changes taking place in the world and a once-in-a-century pandemic. We celebrated the CPC’s centenary, triumphed in the battle against poverty on schedule, achieved the First Centenary Goal of building a moderately prosperous society in all respects, embarked on a new journey toward the Second Centenary Goal of building a modern socialist country in all respects, and got off to a good start with the 14th Five-Year Plan.
The Resolution of the CPC Central Committee on the Major Achievements and Historical Experience of the Party over the Past Century, which was adopted at the Sixth Plenary Session of the 19th CPC Central Committee, brought greater unity and cohesion to the whole Party and the entire nation and further fortified our conviction and determination to learn from history and create a bright future.
Under the strong leadership of the CPC Central Committee, the CPPCC National Committee and its Standing Committee followed the guidance of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era; enhanced our consciousness of the need to maintain political integrity, think in big-picture terms, follow the leadership core, and keep in alignment with the central Party leadership; increased our confidence in the path, theory, system, and culture of socialism with Chinese characteristics; and stiffened our determination to uphold General Secretary Xi Jinping’s core position on the CPC Central Committee and in the Party as a whole, and to uphold the CPC Central Committee’s authority and its centralized, unified leadership.
Bearing in mind the importance of pursuing unity and democracy and preserving the nature and position of the CPPCC, we strengthened theoretical and political guidance with a focus on celebrating the CPC’s centenary, fulfilled our duties with a view to facilitating a good start to the 14th Five-Year Plan, and enhanced the CPPCC’s role as a specialized consultative body with the goal of improving its institutional efficacy. We thus made new contributions to the development of the undertakings of the Party and the country.
1. Focusing on the celebration for the CPC’s centenary and consolidating shared political foundations
We carried out programs to educate people about the history of the CPC in particular but also the history of the People’s Republic of China, reform and opening up, and the development of socialism. These educational programs were launched at different levels, with National Committee members who are also CPC members playing a leading role and inspiring non-CPC members. We highlighted the unique features of the CPPCC, encouraged National Committee members to play a principal role, and devoted our energy to building consensus. The emphasis of these history study programs was placed on strengthening our understanding, conviction, integrity, and diligence.
We convened a conference for members of the CPPCC National Committee to exchange experience in studying General Secretary Xi Jinping’s speech delivered at the ceremony marking the CPC’s centenary, at which all participants expressed their resolve to embark on the new journey toward realizing the Second Centenary Goal under the leadership of the CPC.
We conducted inspections, surveys, and research tours at local revolutionary education bases, and organized an inspection tour of Jiangxi and Guizhou for a group of National Committee members from 34 social sectors, which was a valuable review of the CPC’s grand history and a profound experience for all participants.
We produced and released committee-member lecture programs including one on the theme of “Carrying Forward the Spirit of Communists”. We organized visits to an exhibition on the history of the CPC entitled “Staying True to Our Founding Mission”, and staged exhibitions on the Eighth National Congress of the CPC and on precious historical materials related to the origins of the flags of the Party, the country, and the army. Through these experiential learning activities, our members became firmer in their ideals and convictions.
We oriented our 48 reading groups toward studying CPC history, with 385 National Committee members serving as group leaders and reading guides. More than 270,000 reflections on readings were shared by members, which received over 1.42 million views online. We organized offline reading and lecture programs on classic revolutionary works, and encouraged participants to use these as an opportunity to share their impressions and pool strength.
We convened meetings of the Standing Committee and the Chairpersons Council to study the guiding principles of the Sixth Plenary Session of the 19th CPC Central Committee immediately after its conclusion. Through mechanisms such as study seminars on Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era and awareness-raising tours for special tasks, we promoted thorough implementation of relevant principles, guided members in recognizing the decisive significance of the establishment of both Comrade Xi Jinping’s core position on the Party Central Committee and in the Party as a whole and the guiding role of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, and raised their awareness of the need to uphold General Secretary Xi Jinping’s core position on the Party Central Committee and in the Party as a whole, and uphold the CPC Central Committee’s authority and its centralized, unified leadership in thinking, political orientation, and action
2. Deliberating and offering suggestions on central tasks of the CPC and the country to ensure a good start to the 14th Five-Year Plan
We executed the annual consultation plan in spite of the challenges brought by the Covid-19. In the past year, we conducted 25 consultation sessions, organized 82 inspections, surveys, and research tours, filed 5,039 proposals, and collected and distributed 867 conference speeches. This served the CPC and the state well in decision-making and policy implementation.
Focusing on high-quality development, we convened a consultative meeting of the Standing Committee on fostering a new pattern of development, and carried out research and deliberations on various issues. These included the following: expanding domestic demand as a strategic priority, removing key obstacles to economic flows, preserving and utilizing germplasm resources, accelerating the launch of new major national science and technology programs, reinforcing China’s strategic science and technology capabilities, implementing the Development Plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, coordinating the development of city clusters along the middle reaches of the Yangtze River, systematically planning for new types of infrastructure, promoting high-quality development of multimodal transportation, and steering healthy development of the online gaming industry.
With people’s wellbeing in mind, we convened a consultative meeting of the Standing Committee on elevating the Peaceful China initiative to a higher level, and organized consultations on consolidating and expanding achievements in poverty reduction and addressing population aging. We offered suggestions, inspired by field studies, on a wide range of issues, including boosting development and raising living standards in border areas in the new era, building a high-quality education system, reinforcing the nationwide network for safeguarding public health, preserving and developing traditional Chinese medicine resources, building more public medical centers and clinics in rural areas and improving their management, formulating a social assistance law, and bolstering development and security in border areas.
With a view to advancing ecological progress, we intensified oversight of the handling of a key proposal on strengthening environmental protection and measures for adapting to climate change on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. We also organized consultations concerning ecological progress in the Yellow River basin, carbon peaking and carbon neutrality, the protection of ecosystems at key lakes, and urban sewage treatment.
In support of high-level opening up, we held consultative forums on implementing key opening up measures in the 14th Five-Year Plan, boosting China’s overall competitiveness in foreign trade, developing the Hainan Free Trade Port, and raising the quality and effectiveness of law enforcement and judicial practice in foreign-related areas.
3. Enriching the content of CPPCC consultation and performing the functions of the CPPCC as a specialized consultative body more effectively
We reinforced the fundamental function of special committees, adopted new means and methods of consultation, and reached greater depth in consultations, thus improving our performance in our work.
We initiated consultative forums for specialists, bringing together specialists from different social sectors and academic disciplines for rounds of in-depth, closed-door consultations. Over the past year, 36 such forums were organized focusing on strategic and forward-looking topics, such as scientific and technological innovation, the popularization of science, and research on a system of indictors for modernization of agriculture and rural areas. Some of the major results achieved at these events have been affirmed and adopted.
We formulated work plans for democratic oversight, and held a Chairpersons Council brain-storming session on the theme of strengthening and improving democratic oversight by the CPPCC in the new era. To give full play to the unique strengths of consultative oversight, we integrated consultation into every step of the oversight process, from identifying topics and surveying the situation on the ground to offering comments.
Led by members of the Chairpersons Council, the 10 special committees exercised follow-up oversight on priorities in different sectors, and submitted oversight reports to the CPC Central Committee and the State Council on topics such as accelerating renovations to create convenience for seniors. Through these endeavors, we saw that consultation spurred progress, and that oversight led to better enforcement.
Leaders of the National Committee set an example in advancing independent research conducted by members, which has the advantages of being flexible, pragmatic, and efficient. Last year, independent research was carried out on more than 120 issues.
We opened up more channels for reporting on social conditions and public sentiment, presented key research and consultation results to the departments concerned, and published 3,010 news bulletins on various issues over the year.
4. Improving methods and platforms for bolstering unity and friendship to pool wisdom and strength
In line with the arrangements of the CPC Central Committee, we successfully held the meeting marking the 110th anniversary of the Revolution of 1911. By thoroughly studying General Secretary Xi Jinping’s important speech at the meeting, we became more determined to promote the complete reunification of the motherland and achieve the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.
Members of the National Committee’s leading Party members group had open discussions with 367 non-CPC members of the National Committee. We arranged 11 awareness-raising tours on special topics of major significance, hosted 10 committee-member lecture programs, conducted 11 topic-specific self-teaching and self-improvement inspection tours for non-CPC members, held 4 seminars to assess the macroeconomic landscape and 10 briefings on major issues of public concern, and filmed a number of interview videos for a series titled Conference Call. All these efforts helped communicate government policies, respond to public concerns, and build consensus.
We studied and implemented the guiding principles of the Central Conference on Ethnic Affairs and the National Conference on Religious Work. We held training sessions for members from ethnic minorities and religious groups, and conducted surveys and consultations on issues including the expansion of employment channels in areas with concentrations of ethnic minorities and the governance of religious affairs in an effort to promote ethnic solidarity and religious harmony.
We encouraged members from Hong Kong to voice their support for the National People’s Congress in improving the electoral system of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, promoted implementation of the principle that Hong Kong should be governed by patriots, and offered suggestions on responding to the epidemic and fostering patriotism among young people in Hong Kong and Macao. We also co-hosted the fourth Strait forum on community-level governance as part of the 13th Strait Forum. These efforts helped strengthen unity and friendship with our compatriots in Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan, and overseas.
We carried out international exchanges while adhering to routine epidemic control measures. We hosted activities for diplomatic envoys from Latin American and Caribbean countries posted in China to experience the CPPCC for themselves, provided support for the China Economic and Social Council and the China Committee on Religion and Peace to attend relevant international events, and conducted 80 international exchange events online.
We launched a new column titled “An Epic March” on our English-language website to mark the centenary of the Communist Party of China, and filmed international publicity clips to illustrate the CPC’s endeavors over the past century and its achievements in the governance of China and to inform people about whole-process people’s democracy and the CPPCC system.
We issued formal statements to clarify our stance of principled opposition in response to the passage of an act concerning Xinjiang by the U.S. Congress and the adoption of a report concerning Taiwan by the European Parliament and its committee on foreign affairs.
5. Stepping up self-improvement efforts to enhance performance
To advance Party building efforts with a focus on reinforcing the CPC’s political foundations, we surveyed the implementation of the Guidelines on Strengthening Party Building in the CPPCC for the New Era, and held a conference to review the CPPCC’s endeavors in Party building and to share experience in this regard.
We made efforts to foster a culture of reading within the CPPCC, organizing online conferences at both the national and local levels to exchange experience drawn from reading, publishing a book series titled CPPCC Members’ Anthology, and revising measures for strengthening and improving study among CPPCC members.
We formulated rules on the handling of proposals at consultative meetings, and held a national conference for local CPPCC committees to exchange experience in proposal work. We formulated guidelines on strengthening and improving theoretical studies in the CPPCC, and supported the China CPPCC Theory Research Association in carrying out research on the CPPCC’s role as a specialized consultative body.
We convened a forum of the National Committee on communication and theoretical outreach work, and further consolidated our positions and improved management on the ideological front. We improved the working platform and smart reading platform for members in order to help them perform their duties more effectively.
Ensuring full, rigorous self-governance of the Party, the leading CPC members group of the National Committee guided its working body’s Party group in addressing the problems identified by the central discipline inspection team during its inspection, and explored ways of launching dedicated inspections of special committees’ CPC branch groups.
We owe our achievements over the past year to the firm leadership of the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core, to the strong support of all sectors of society, to the concerted efforts of the participating organizations of the CPPCC and its committees at all levels, and to the commitment of all CPPCC members to performing their duties with diligence and pride and to taking on responsibility and making active contributions. On behalf of the Standing Committee, I would like to express our sincere gratitude.
At the same time, we must be soberly aware that there is still room for improvement in the CPPCC’s work. We need to raise the quality of our consultations and suggestions, and become more effective at building consensus. We must also see that members make improvements in their efforts to keep in touch with and serve people from various sectors, and that they develop a stronger sense of responsibility. We should take solid steps to address these issues in our future work.