|(CPPCC) Yu Zhengsheng stays on reform message
Top political adviser Yu Zhengsheng pledged further efforts to deepen reforms as he opened the sessions of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.
The chair of the national committee made the remarks in his report to the opening of the second session of the 12th CPPCC.
“We will perform all our functions in a spirit of reform and innovation throughout the course of our work, ... and strive to play a bigger role in the development of the cause of the party and country," Yu said.
Yu said the political advisory body must uphold the leadership of the Communist Party, while adhering to and developing socialism with Chinese characteristics.
It should also make sound, reasonable and feasible suggestions, foster the spirit of reform and innovation, and perform its functions for the benefit of the people, Yu said.
He said 2014 would be the first year during which the CPC Central Committee's decision to comprehensively deepen reform is being implemented. It is also crucial for completing the 12th Five-Year Plan.
The CPPCC will conduct thorough investigations and studies on key reform areas – including the fiscal and tax system, the judicial system and the internet management system – to provide reference materials for the party and government in their decision making, Yu said.
It will also oversee major reform measures.
The CPPCC will strengthen ties with ethnic minorities and religious groups to promote development, unity and harmony, he said.
Yu said the CPPCC will build more and better platforms to expand the forms of democracy, increase the frequency of consultation, and get CPPCC committee members to speak freely.
He said the CPPCC should have members from Hong Kong and Macau play an active role and improve exchanges between the mainland and the two regions. Exchanges and cooperation across the Taiwan Strait should also be expanded, he said.
Top CPC and state leaders Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Zhang Dejiang, Liu Yunshan, Wang Qishan and Zhang Gaoli attended the opening meeting.