A session of China's parliament, the National People's Congress (NPC), began on Saturday (30 August) for the first time in 14 months.
SV EXTERIOR Chinese People's Consultative Committee (CPPCC) Conference Room.
GV Speakers rostrum ZOOM INTO Vice Chairman Xu Deheng reporting to committee.
SCU & GV Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping speaking, conference applauds. (2 SHOTS)
CU Committee symbol plaque on wall.
GV & LV Conference voting by raising hands, applauding. (3 SHOTS)
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Background: A session of China's parliament, the National People's Congress (NPC), began on Saturday (30 August) for the first time in 14 months. The session will last two weeks and is expected to bring major changes in the government leadership. The opening followed Thursday's (28 August) new session of the People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), to which foreign newsmen were admitted for the first time in 16 years.
SYNOPSIS: The CPPCC is an advisory body of communists and non-communists which proclaimed the founding of the People's Republic in 1949. Vice-Chairman Xu Deheng addressed the opening session, calling on the members to "work more effectively for the return of Taiwan to the motherland, in accordance with the general trend of history".
Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping who chaired the conference said that reforms should continue, particularly in the political and economic spheres. He said that economically the country should actively develop the social productive forces and gradually improve the material and cultural life of the people. "Politically", he said, "socialist democracy should be brought into full play, with a strengthened socialist legal system and a political situation marked by stability, unity and liveliness". Mr. Deng also asked that greater efforts be made to find and train competent administrators to carry through the proposed reforms.