"Conformity" a Keyword as China Raises Curtain for Political High Season

(Xinhua News Agency, March 3, 2017. Complete text:) Beijing - China on Friday [March 3] raised the curtains for its annual political high season, with the top political advisor pledging further conformity to the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee with Xi Jinping as the core.

Chairman Yu Zhengsheng addressed over 2,000 members of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee, which convened its yearly session at the Great Hall of the People.

Political advisors should "stick to the leadership of the CPC more consciously, and unite more closely around the CPC Central Committee with Xi Jinping as the core" to implement decisions and policies made by the CPC Central Committee, Yu told his colleagues in a work report.

"The endorsement of Xi’s core status last year at the Sixth Plenary Session of the 18th CPC Central Committee embodies fundamental interests of the Party and the people, and is of far-reaching importance to China’s long-term stability and prosperity," he said at the opening of the annual session.

On Sunday, the National People’s Congress (NPC), the top legislature, will also begin its yearly assembly. Dubbed colloquially as the "two sessions," the dual meetings set the national agenda for the year and beyond, and make regular yet crucial venues where political and economic developments are reviewed and discussed, and key policies adopted.

Although there are no major government appointments scheduled on this year’s agenda, the meetings are the first high-profile national political events held since President Xi was endorsed as the core of the CPC Central Committee last October.

Pledges to conform to the CPC Central Committee with Xi as the core are expected to feature significantly during the meetings, which will run until the middle of the month.

A commentary by China’s state news agency Xinhua on Friday said Chinese legislators should actively ...

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