President Xi Jinping, who is also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, and other leaders attend the opening meeting of the third session of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference on Thursday in Beijing. (LI XUEREN/XINHUA)
13th CPPCC National Committee session opens amid challenges in special period
National political advisers have been urged to better fulfill their responsibility of pooling wisdom and building consensus to contribute to the undertakings of the country, especially given the current complex situation.
The 13th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference started its third session on Thursday afternoon in Beijing, raising the curtain on the annual two sessions－China's biggest annual political event.
President Xi Jinping, who is also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, attended the opening meeting of the session with other leaders at the Great Hall of the People. The leaders, along with more than 2,000 CPPCC National Committee members, observed a minute of silence to pay tribute to martyrs and compatriots who lost their lives in the COVID-19 epidemic.
The session's agenda was reviewed and approved at the meeting.
While presenting a work report to the session, Wang Yang, chairman of the 13th National Committee of the CPPCC, noted the role of political advisers in the fight against the outbreak, saying that they have submitted more than 1,300 reports and suggestions on preventing and controlling the disease, resuming work and production, stabilizing public expectations and strengthening law-based governance.
Giving full play to role of the CPPCC as a specialist consultative body, 71 consultation meetings, 97 research trips and also online consultations were organized in the past year, he said.
Wang urged political advisers to uphold the Party's leadership and further strengthen fulfillment of their duty as the country works toward the goal of building a moderately prosperous society in all respects by year's end.