CPPCC members hold plenary meeting 03-09-2004 09:50

Members of the CPPCC National Committee have attended a plenary meeting of the body's annual session in Beijing. Issues concerning science and technology, education, and agriculture dominated their discussions on Monday.

CPPCC members called for strict measures to be taken to protect cultivated land and the fundamental interests of farmers. Occupation of farmland for creating development zones, was denounced at the meeting.

Members also proposed to increase the output of low-yielding farmland through science and technology. Also noted by members was the disproportionate number of male to female newborns, particularly in rural areas. Issues such as higher education reforms, and promotion of Chinese traditional culture were discussed at the meeting during speeches.


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