China's Parliament--the Fifth National People's Congress--is expected to approve sweeping changes to the country's local government and legal systems.
GV Congress delegates applauding in Peaking
SCU Standing Committee Chairman Ye Jianying (Yeh Chien Ying) taking and being applauded (2 shots)
SCU Chairman Ye talking PULL OUT TO GV people applauding as Premier Hua Guofeng (Hua Kuo-Feng) bows and starts speech)
GV PAN Delegates listening
News of the sweeping changes to be considered by the Congress was handed to Chines and foreign journalists at an unprecedented news conference on Sunday (17 June) by Ji Pengfei (Chi Peng-Fi), a vice-chairman of the congress standing committee. Until now candidates fore provincial and national office in the National People 's Congress have been selected by the Communist Party committees -- in many cases only one for a seat. During the rule of the party's extremists many members were appointed rather than elected.
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Background: China's Parliament--the Fifth National People's Congress--is expected to approve sweeping changes to the country's local government and legal systems. In a two-week session, which opened in Peaking on Monday(18 June), the Congress will consider bills which will lead to the Chinese people eventually having free, direct elections by secret ballot, and greater independence for the judiciary.
SYNOPSIS: More than three thousand deputies were at the Great Hall of the People for the opening speech by Standing Committee Chairman Ye Yianying (Yeh Chien-Ying). He called on delegates to reflect fully the opinions of the workers, peasants, people's liberation army and all patriots in giving criticisms and suggestions on the work of the Government.
Mr. Ye said the guarantee of good government and promotion of China's socialist modernisation lay in "giving full scope to democracy and pooling correct ideas from the masses". After his talk Premier Hua Guofeng (Hua Kuo-Feng) gave a report on the government's work and conceded that China had fallen short of economic targets announced last year.
However Premier Hua quoted figures to show that the economy had grown, and said China would be fighting its first major battle for modernisation during a three-year period of economic re-adjustment starting this year. Changes that will permit the Chinese electorate direct, rather than indirect, power to select deputies to the Congress mean non-Communists will eventually be eligible to run for national and provincial offices.