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Report highlights options for economy
Xinhua, March 4, 2016

The fourth session of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), the national advisory body, opens at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, March 3, 2016. Over a third of proposals from China's national political advisers this year focus on economic issues, according to a report submitted to the annual session of the top political advisory body which opened in Beijing yesterday. They made up 2,098 of the 6,012 proposals from members of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference since the 2015 session, the report said. They involved adapting to the "new normal" of the nation's economy, reforming financial and taxation systems, improving financial regulation, advancing precise poverty relief efforts, and enhancing the level of opening up to the outside world.
Another 605 were about judicial reform and anti-corruption efforts, while 378 addressed cultural issues and strengthening the administration of cyberspace and new media. In addition, advisers highlighted the importance of improving people's livelihoods, putting forward 1,486 proposals about that. Political advisers' proposals last year contributed to the full implementation of the two-child policy, and pay rises for rural teachers, the report said. Members of the national committee also made proposals and suggestions on issues including the building of a conservation culture and national defense. The Standing Committee of the CPPCC National Committee had received responses to about 99.5 percent of the proposals from relevant authorities, according to the report. 
A total of 19.5 percent had been accepted while 64.4 percent were being considered, it said. Political advisers' work this year will focus on the action and implementation of the 13th Five-year Plan (2016-2020). Yu Zhengsheng, chairman of the CPPCC National Committee, said the advisory body's political consultations were made more fruitful last year while democratic oversight was strengthened. In particular, members improved supervision over issues of wide public concern such as investment approval reforms and pollution control in northwest China's Tengger Desert. Their suggestions, criticisms and supervision helped improve authorities' work to address those problems and the introduction of relevant policies, he said.