|BEIJING, Mar. 15, 2018 -- China is showing the world how a "new type of party system" can work in the best interests of the people.
While attending a panel discussion at the ongoing session of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), President Xi Jinping called the system of multiparty cooperation and political consultation led by the Communist Party of China (CPC) "a new type of party system."
Combining the Marxist political party theory with Chinese reality, China created the "new type of party system" which is mainly carried out through the CPPCC.
The first session of the 13th National Committee of the CPPCC has brought together over 2,000 national political advisors from various political parties, people's organizations, and people of all ethnic groups, as well as from all sectors of society. They have been conducting extensive discussions on the country's political, economic and social issues to pool their wisdom for decision making.
REPRESENTS ALL, SERVES ALL
When attending meetings and discussions of the session, national political advisor Duan Minglong wears a round emblem embroidered with colorful threads on his chest.
"It was made by my aunt before I traveled to Beijing. It's a symbol of the sun that brings good luck, as our Jingpo people worship the sun god," said the 29-year-old of Jingpo ethnicity from southwest China's Yunnan Province.
Duan also sees the emblem as a reminder for him to represent and be a voice for Jingpo ethnic people and people from remote Wangzishu township, where he works as a judicial officer.
As a grassroots judicial staff member, he often visits the villagers' homes, mediating disputes and spreading legal knowledge.
However, it is not easy to reach many villagers' homes on rainy days.
"There are no cement roads in some places. Sometimes I have to walk in ankle-deep mud," he said.
During the session, Duan made a suggestion to improve rural roads, which was echoed by many other political advisors from underdeveloped areas.
Talking about his young age, Duan said part of the reason why he was chosen to be a national political advisor was probably due to his background as a non-CPC member from an ethnic group with a population of less than 150,000. Of the 2,158 members of the 13th CPPCC National Committee, only about 40 percent are from the Communist Party of China (CPC). All 56 ethnic groups are represented.
The members are from all walks of life, including farmers, factory workers, officials, entrepreneurs, experts and scholars, as well as religious leaders.
"It's a system that represents different levels of society, so the country is more able to make policies that work best for its people," said Fred Teng, president of the America China Public Affairs Institute and a specially invited overseas observer of the session.