The advantages and roles of CPPCC proposals in developing China’s whole-process people’s democracy

By Ru Cui


The 14th National People’s Congress, China’s national legislature opened its first session on Sunday morning at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

President Xi Jinping and other Chinese leaders attended the opening meeting.

The achievement, along with how the country’s political advisors have help contributed to policymaking, was unveiled on Saturday, when the opening meeting of the first session of the 14th National Committee of the CPPCC started in Beijing.

When delivering a work report to the session, Wang Yang, chairman of the 13th CPPCC National Committee, said the CPPCC carried out research, consultations and deliberations on a wide range of issues. Some were related to China’s economic and social development, such as the establishment of a new pattern of development, developing the real economy and ensuring food security, while others concerned people’s immediate interests, like how to cope with an aging population and improve basic cultural services in rural areas.

Wang hailed the progress the consultative body has achieved in the five-year term, and vowed new contributions in the future.

Shao Hong, vice chairperson of the 13th CPPCC National Committee, explains in the Saturday’s opening meeting that Over the past five years, a total of 29,323 proposals had been submitted by the CPPCC National Committee members and 23,818 filed.

So when we look on the results, By the end of February this year, 99.8 percent had been handled. After conducting in-depth consultations with relevant parties, the CPPCC has seen many of those proposals reflected in policy planning and measures.

The advantages and roles of CPPCC proposals in developing China’s whole-process people’s democracy and promoting the country’s economic and social development have been given full play.

Premier Li Keqiang, on behalf of the State Council, delivered a government work report to the national legislature for deliberation. According to this report following are some key points;

o China aims to expand its economy by around 5 percent in 2023, and set its inflation target, or increase in consumer price index (CPI), at around 3 percent.
o The country aims to create around 12 million urban jobs in 2023 and is targeting a surveyed urban unemployment rate of around 5.5 percent, according to the report, while the overall tariff level fell from 9.8 percent to 7.4 percent over the past five years.
o China’s annual foreign trade value increased by 7.7 percent from 2021, reaching 42.07 trillion yuan ($6.09 trillion) despite headwinds in demand, supply
o China has set a gross domestic product (GDP) growth target of around 5 percent for 2023.
o China’s financial hub Shanghai expects to notch a year-on-year gross domestic product (GDP) growth of over 5.5 percent this year.
o China’s economic powerhouses Guangdong Province and Zhejiang Province have both set GDP growth targets of at least 5 percent for 2023.
o The government drove investment with policy incentives and encouraged the involvement of more private capital in major state projects, the report said. It added that 3.8 trillion Yuan will be allocated for special-purpose bonds for local governments this year.
o China will speed up research and development of 6G technologies and strengthen international cooperation in the sector. China has built the world’s largest 5G network with the most advanced technologies.
o Country will build another 600,000 5G base stations this year, which will bring the total number to over 2.9 million.The number of 5G mobile phone users in China has now exceeded 575 million.

Over the past five years, China has remained committed to opening up wider to the world, expanding international economic and trade cooperation to deliver mutually beneficial outcomes.

The government work report stressed that “the past five years for China have been truly momentous and remarkable,” saying the country has met numerous tests, including accelerated changes on the international landscape, the COVID-19 pandemic and a domestic economic slowdown, and made major achievements in economic and social development, including winning the critical battle against poverty and finishing building a moderately prosperous society in all respects.

The Two Sessions forges a synergy among the Chinese people and firms up their confidence in overcoming difficulties in achieving development goals in 2023 and advancing Chinese modernization.

(Author: Ru Cui is Chinese Journalist, working for China Media Group (CMG) as Bureau Chief in Pakistan.)