Zhao Leji, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, meets with delegates to the 11th national congress of Jiusan Society and extends congratulations on behalf of the CPC Central Committee in Beijing, capital of China, Dec. 3, 2017. Jiusan Society, one of China's eight major non-Communist political parties, will elect a new leadership during its 11th national congress, which opened in Beijing Sunday. (Xinhua/Li Tao)
BEIJING, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- Jiusan Society, one of China's eight major non-Communist political parties, will elect a new leadership during its 11th national congress, which opened in Beijing Sunday.
Zhao Leji, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, met with delegates to the congress and extended congratulations on behalf of the CPC Central Committee.
Zhao said Jiusan Society members have fully used their advantages in various sectors and talents to carry out deep investigation and research, raise many important opinions and suggestions, and provide important references for the scientific decision-making of the CPC and the government.
The CPC will uphold and improve the system of CPC-led multi-party cooperation and political consultation in accordance with the spirit of the 19th CPC National Congress, Zhao said.
In handling its relationships with other political parties, "the CPC will adhere to the principles of long-term coexistence, mutual oversight, sincerity, and sharing the rough times and the smooth," according to Zhao.
He called on members of Jiusan Society to actively offer advice and suggestions on major issues such as deepening reform on the scientific and technological systems and enhancing the building of a national innovation system.
Han Qide, executive chairman of the congress' presidium, delivered a work report at the opening ceremony on behalf of the 13th Central Committee of Jiusan Society.
Han called on members of Jiusan Society to study and implement the spirit of the 19th CPC National Congress and hold high the banner of socialism with Chinese characteristics.
Jiusan Society should be developed into a participating political party under socialism with Chinese characteristics that is more firm in ideology, more solid in performing its duties, and stronger in organization, said Han.
During the national congress of Jiusan Society, delegates will deliberate on the report of the party's 13th central committee, review and approve an amendment to the Jiusan Society Constitution, and elect the party's 14th central committee.
Founded in 1945, Jiusan Society is composed mainly of senior and mid-level intellectuals engaged in science, technology, culture, education and medical and health work. As of the end of 2016, there were 164,000 members of the society.
The CPC is the ruling party in China. The eight non-Communist parties are political organizations having connections with people of particular social circles.
The non-Communist parties take part in the running of state affairs, which cover the formulation of major state policies, the election of government leaders, the enactment of laws and regulations, and law enforcement, among others.