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The Communist Party of China (CPC) on Tuesday for the first time held a briefing for foreign diplomatic envoys and correspondents in Beijing on the outcomes of the just-concluded Plenary Session of the CPC Central Committee.

The International Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee invited two experts to explain how the new initiatives came out of the 4th Plenary Session of the 17th CPC Central Committee on anti-corruption and expansion of intra-Party democracy.

The two experts were Liu Mingbo, director-general of the Research Bureau of the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, and Wang Changjiang, director-general of the Education and Research Department of Party Building Division of the CPC Central Party School.

The diplomatic envoys and journalists raised a wide range of questions at the briefing, focusing on a property declaration system of Party cadres, Party building in ethnic minority areas, election within the Party and wealth disparity in Chinese society.

They welcomed the immediate arrangement of the news briefing after the Fourth Plenary Session of the 17th CPC Central Committee, saying such activities would help the international community get a timely, accurate and comprehensive insight into the important information of the CPC.

They also hoped such activities would be held frequently in the future when major CPC meetings were convened or when major policies were introduced.

Since China started the reform and opening-up drive more than three decades ago, the CPC had been committed to studying the country's politics, society and economy and tackled problems in a scientific way, Sudanese Ambassador to China Mirghani Mohamed Salih said.

Salih said his country was eager to learn China's experience in fighting corruption by legislation, administrative methods and accountability system.

Jordanian Ambassador to China Anmar A. Al Nimer Al-Hmoud said he had some knowledge of the relationship between the CPC and the government since he had been working in China for five years,

He characterized today's discussions as very open and democratic and thanked the CPC for briefing them on its Party building efforts.

"It really spells out the Party's democratic and open spirit," Al-Hmoud said.

More than 150 representatives of foreign embassies in China from over 100 countries and about 50 correspondents from nearly 30 foreign media in China attended the briefing.

(Xinhua News Agency September 22, 2009)

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