Yu Zhengsheng, chairman of the CPPCC National Committee
The 12th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) which began on March 3, came to a close on March 13 at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
Yu Zhengsheng, chairman of the CPPCC National Committee, presided over the closing ceremony which consisted of three parts - the political advisors voting on a report on the work of the Standing Committee of the 12th CPPCC National Committee over the past one year, the proposals submitted by CPPCC National Committee members to the session this year, and a political resolution.
Started in 1949, the CPPCC National Committee is aimed at discussing matters related to politics, economy, culture and social life before they are put into the constitution, and supervising the implementation of the constitution and the laws by the government agencies.
Among all the 6,101 proposals the CPPCC National Committee has received over the past one year, 5,875 were proposed during the Two Sessions, and in all 5,052 proposals will be submitted to the lawmakers.
The NPC meeting, which typically starts two days after the beginning of the National Committee of the CPPCC, will close on Sunday, with Premier Li Keqiang’s meeting with foreign and domestic journalists at the Media Center, the official news center of the annual Two Sessions.
Although the Two Sessions are held every year as China’s top political meetings to deliberate on proposals related to almost every aspect of China, some participants who take part in the meeting annually noted some differences between this year’s Two Sessions and the previous year’s.
A celebrity member told sino-us.com after the closing ceremony that both the proposals and the political resolutions this year are more pragmatic than those of the previous year, while an entrepreneur said the CPPCC members took the Two Sessions more seriously than in 2014.