The Chinese People´s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) 03-02-2004 13:37

The Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) is a patriotic united front organization led by the Communist Party of China (CPC).It is made up of deputies from the CPC, eight democratic parties, non-party democrats and people's organizations, deputies from various minority nationalities and from all walks of life, and Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao compatriots and returned overseas Chinese,as well as specially invited people.

The CPPCC is an important instrument of socialist democracy in China's political life. In accordance with the policy of "long-term coexistence and mutual supervision" between the CPC and the democratic parties and non-party personages, and the principle of "treating each other with all sincerity and sharing weal or woe", the CPPCC participates in political consultations with regard to major state policies and important issues concerning the people's life, and exercises democratic supervision over the CPC and the People's Government by making suggestions and criticisms, so as to help the state organs in improving their work, raise work efficiency, and overcome bureaucracy. Such supervision differs from that by the National People's Congress (NPC). It has no legal effect.

Known as the government's "think tank", the CPPCC committees at all levels contain large numbers of activists and public figures from various walks of life, experts and scholars in various fields. The 1st Plenary Session of the CPPCC was held in Beijing in September 1949.銆Exercising the functions and powers of the NPC, the country's highest legislative body at that time, the CPPCC proclaimed the founding of the People's Republic of China. The CPPCC was named an rganization for the Party's united front work after the convening of the 1st National People's Congress in September 1954.

Up to 1996, there had more than 3,000 CPPCC organizations at all levels throughout the country.

The number of the CPPCC National Committee members increased from 180 in 1949 to 2,196 for the 9th CPPCC National Committee in March 1998.

The CPPCC local committees had a total of 461,000 members in 1996.

The CPPCC National Committee is elected once every five years, and meets in session once a year.銆In order to participate in the consultations and discussions of government policies, the CPPCC session always convenes simultaneously with the NPC, and its members attend the NPC as nonvoting deputies.


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