Members of China's leading advisory body have highlighted their
concerns about the interests of the common people, such as the
increasingly expanding income gap and the burden on farmers.
The Standing Committee
of the Ninth National Committee of the Chinese People's Political
Consultative Conference (CPPCC), China's top advisory body,
held its 13th meeting yesterday to discuss how to realize
the strategy of sustainable development in the 10th Five-Year
Plan period (2001-05).
ongoing session of the National Committee of the Ninth CPPCC,
topics such as how to raise farmers' incomes and strengthen
agriculture are getting a lot of attention," said Zheng
Wantong, secretary-general of the Ninth CPPCC National Committee.
raised by members have suggested that China's agricultural
sector and farmers' incomes should be given priority in this
year's economic work, said Zheng, noting that members want
the establishment of a more rational wealth distribution system
to prevent an income "polarization."
Zheng spoke highly
of the members of China's top advisory body for the advice
they have given on how to implement the strategy of invigorating
China with science, technology and education, promoting quality
education and popularizing an ethical and moral socialist
education system for the young.
CPPCC members have
put forward nearly 3,600 proposals this session, displayed
a deep concern for the difficulties confronting the country
as it advances. They have put forward lots of constructive
suggestions on key issues such as how to develop western China,
how to tackle the challenges the country might face after
entering the World Trade Organization, how to govern the country
with law and how to rejuvenate the nation through science,
technology and education.
opinions about the report on the 10th Five-Year Plan, Zheng
said that members are confident about the government's development
strategy, noting the report has indicated clearly where problems
lie and also mapped out ways to tackle them.
(China Daily 03/12/2001)