Mar. 16, 2018 -- Deputies to the NPC and members of the CPPCC National Committee attend the two sessions in Beijing. [Photo/China Daily]
First-time participants make up 75 percent of deputies to China's highest legislature and half of its top political advisers
Mar. 16, 2018 -- New faces often bring fresh ideas and new thoughts. The newly elected deputies and members to this year's two sessions have been put under the spotlight.
What's more, according to leaders of both the 13th National People's Congress and the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, deputies and members have been given heavy responsibilities but know that the Chinese people have high hopes for them.
Official data show that about 75 percent of 2,980 deputies to the 13th NPC are newcomers, while half of the 2,158 members attending the 13th National Committee of the CPPCC are first-timers.
Participants in China's top legislature and top political advisory body are elected every five years. This year, the annual CPPCC session concluded on Thursday and the NPC session ends on Tuesday.
Compared with the 12th NPC, which served from 2013 to 2017, the proportion of female deputies and those from the grassroots level have increased, while the proportion of deputies who are officials has declined. Also, there are more deputies born in the 1990s.
This year, for example, the Beijing delegation to the NPC has 54 deputies, 38 of whom, or almost 70 percent, are new faces. Many of them are front-line employees, including a judge, a doctor, a technician and a security guard.
Meanwhile, the number of deputies from ethnic groups has increased to 438 this year from 409 at the 12th NPC, while the percentage of deputies engaged in professional industries also has gone up.
Liu Faying, 48, a primary school principal from Hubei province, is a new NPC deputy. She said what she cares most about is rural development and how to provide better education to rural areas.