CHOMBA MUSIKA, Beijing
THE fifth annual session of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese Peopleâ€™s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) started on Friday with its chairperson Yu Zhengsheng announcing the committeeâ€™s plans to offer proposals aimed at improving and strengthening Chinaâ€™s medical assistance in Africa.
The CPPCC, which is similar to parliamentary sessions in many countries, is a multiparty co-operation and political consultation under the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC).
It is composed of the CPC, other political parties, mass organisations, different ethnic groups and representation of people from all walks of life.
Over 2,000 CPPCC national committee members, hundreds of delegates and over 1,000 journalists converged on the Great Hall of the people to attend the conference in Beijing.
Presenting a report on the work of the standing committee of the CPPCC, Mr Yu said the Committee will offer suggestions on how best to improve Chinaâ€™s medical assistance to Africa, among other initiatives in various sectors.
As part of its programme to improve healthcare provision in African countries, the Chinese Government early this year sent an eleven-member military medical team to Zambia to complete a one-year medical assistance mission.
â€œWe [CPPCC] will offer suggestions on improving and strengthening Chinaâ€™s medical assistance efforts in Africa, on strengthening the cultural foundation for joint efforts to the Belt and Road Initiative and on promoting deeper mutual opening up at a higher level,â€ Mr Yu said when highlighting the CPPCCâ€™s 2017 major tasks.
President Xi Jinping, who is also the core leader of the central committee of the CPC, was in attendance.
He said the CPPCC, which is Chinaâ€™s top advisory body, will carry out public diplomacy and cultural exchanges and increase international communication with a focus to inform others on the multiparty co-operation and political consultation that exists under the leadership of the CPC.
â€œWe will explain Chinaâ€™s proposition for improving global economic governance and its idea of building an international community of shared future so as to create a sound external environment,â€ Mr Yu said at the colour event.
He said in the last one year, the CPPCC standing committee made several achievements, among them implementing CPC policies concerning ethnic groups and religion and worked to promote ethnic unity and religious harmony.
China is a secular State.
The CPPCC session, which will also deliberate on the state of Chinaâ€™s economy, social development and poverty alleviation, will be held from March 3 to 16, 2017.
CHOMBA MUSIKA, Beijing