Chinese leaders join opening of CPPCC session
Beijing, China: Top communist Party of China and State leaders attended to open the fifth session of the 12th Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in China on Friday to discuss major political, economic and social issues relating to the country's development.
About 2,100 members of the CPPCC National Committee from throughout the country are joining discussions in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, with the annual session lasting 10 days from March 3 to 13.
Chinese President Xi Jinping ( third left, front ) and Premier Li Keqiang ( third right, front ) join the CPPCC session opening in Beijing. --Photo Xinhua
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Chairman of the CPPCC Mr Yu Zhengsheng, delivered a report on the work of the CPPCC National Committee's Standing Committee at the session's opening day which highlighted how the CPPCC is strengthening and deepening ties with friends overseas.
Based on the central government's overall plan for China's diplomatic work, they have worked to cultivate friendships with contacts overseas at multiple levels and in many fields.
It has worked pragmatically to forge high-level friendships, actively carried out public diplomacy and cultural exchanges, and increased communication with foreign political organisations, along with economic and social groups.
“We explained to them the Belt and Road Initiative and the 13th Five-Year Plan, and familiarised them with the Chinese Dream, the system of multiparty cooperation and political consultation that exists under the leadership of the Communist Party of China, China's socialist consultative democracy and the fine traditional culture of China,” he said.
Mr Yu added that “We carried out in-depth studies on major issues concerning the Belt and Road Initiative, on the basis which we offered advice on trade, economic and cultural exchange with countries along the routes.”
A spokesperson for the CPPCC Mr Wang Guoqing told a press conference the day before the opening session, that over 100 countries and international organisations have joined the Belt and Road initiative with over 40 of them having cooperation agreements with China.
The Belt and Road Initiative was proposed in 2013 by China in order to make a trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia with Europe and Africa along ancient trade routes.
China's business operators have built 56 economic and trade cooperation zones in 20 countries along the Belt and Road, with total investment more than US$18 billion.
China is now working in aviation, power, rail, road and telecommunications projects with participating countries for regional connectivity.
According to the press conference for the fifth session of the 12th CPPCC, China's economy expanded by 6.7 percent last year.
CPPCC members submitted 5,769 proposals over the last year which related to issues such as the economy, politics, culture and society.
(Latest Update March 06, 2017)