Eight political parties in China met on Thursday (11 October) in what the New China News Agency said was a revival of democratic party activities.
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MCU Party official speaking with crowd applauding
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Background: Eight political parties in China met on Thursday (11 October) in what the New China News Agency said was a revival of democratic party activities. The eight parties included the Chinese Kuomintang -- the name used by the party that rules Taiwan -- the Chinese Peasants' and Workers' Democratic Party as well as the China Association for Promoting Democracy. The only party not meeting was the ruling Communist Party. Observers believe that their main task will be to support the push by China to win over their old friends in Taiwan.
SYNOPSIS: The official New China News Agency said the meeting of the non-Communist parties had been made possible by the fall of the "gang of Four". The Communist Party Central Committee, it said, now recognised that these parties had become "a political force serving socialism under the leadership of the Communist Party of China". The last time these parties had been allowed to meet was in September of 1949.
The agency said Vice-Premier Deng Xiaoping was behind the resurrection of the parties and was keen to encourage further dialogue.