Top Chinese leaders Wednesday evening attended a tea party with ethnic minority deputies to the on-going First Session of the 10th National People's Congress (NPC) and members of the 10th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).
Jiang Zemin, Hu Jintao, Li Peng, Li Lanqing, Wu Bangguo, Wen Jiabao, Jia Qinglin, Zeng Qinghong, Huang Ju, Wu Guanzheng, Li Changchun and Luo Gan attended the gathering, which was held at the Great Hall of the People.
The NPC, China's top legislature, and the CPPCC, a top advisory body, house representatives from all 56 ethnic groups in China. The 10th NPC has 415 deputies from minority groups, or 14 percent of the total, while the CPPCC has 262, or 11.7 percent of the total.
The proportion of deputies and members of ethnic minority groups at the 10th NPC and CPPCC, both higher than the proportion of their population among China's total population, shows the ethnic policy of the CPC and the unity among different ethnic groups.
Artistic performances were staged at the gathering.
(Xinhua News Agency March 13, 2003)