Xi urges unity from non-Party groups

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By AN BAIJIE an­bai­jie@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Xi Jin­ping, gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Com­mu­nist Party of China Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, called for more con­sen­sus from non-Com­mu­nist par­ties to main­tain the lead­er­ship of the CPC and boost con­fi­dence to­ward the devel­op­ment of so­cial­ism.

Xi, also pres­i­dent of China, made the re­marks on Fri­day at a sym­po­sium at­tended by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of non-Com­mu­nist par­ties, the All-China Fed­er­a­tion of In­dus­try and Com­merce, and those with­out party af­fil­i­a­tion.

Xi told them to unite their par­ties’ mem­bers and the peo­ple con­nected with them, view the prob­lems and dif­fi­cul­ties of devel­op­ment in an ob­jec­tive man­ner, and reach more po­lit­i­cal con­sen­sus.

Xi said he hoped the rep­re­sen­ta­tives make full use of their own ad­van­tages, fo­cus on the coun­try’s ma­jor strate­gic plans, do thor­ough re­search, and raise valu­able pro­pos­als.

The rep­re­sen­ta­tives should have an ac­cu­rate un­der­stand­ing of the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee’s

anal­y­sis and judg­ment of the cur­rent eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion, unite all forces that can be united, make full use of all re­sources, and make a joint con­tri­bu­tion to build­ing a com­pre­hen­sive well-off so­ci­ety, he said.

The pres­i­dent pointed out that in the first half of this year, the coun­try’s main eco­nomic in­dex de­vel­oped bet­ter than ex­pec­ta­tion, with a more sta­ble macroe­con­omy and im­prove­ments in peo­ple’s liveli­hoods.

There are also lots of prob­lems in the econ­omy, which re­quire a clear mind and proper mea­sures to han­dle, Xi said, adding that more ef­forts should be made to push for­ward sup­ply-side struc­tural re­form and rule out ma­jor risks.

Dur­ing the sym­po­sium, Premier Li Ke­qiang de­liv­ered a re­port on the coun­try’s eco­nomic work in the first half of this year and in­tro­duced the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee’s plan for eco­nomic work of the sec­ond half of the year.

Ten rep­re­sen­ta­tives of­fered their sug­ges­tions on is­sues in­clud­ing build­ing the Belt and Road, pre­vent­ing lo­cal govern­ment debt risks, boost­ing open mar­kets, im­prov­ing the ef­fi­ciency of lo­gis­tics, im­prov­ing the health­care sys­tem, and push­ing for­ward sus­tain­able devel­op­ment of new en­ergy.

Not­ing that the rep­re­sen­ta­tives’ pro­pos­als are en­light­en­ing, Xi said the sug­ges­tions will be taken into con­sid­er­a­tion in a proac­tive man­ner.

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