CCTV News (December 11) reported that on December 8, the CCP CC held a non-party symposium in Zhongnanhai to listen to the opinions of the central committees of the democratic parties, the heads of the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce and representatives of non-party personalities on the economic situation this year and the economic work next year.  Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and PBSC members Wang Yang, Wang Huning, and Han Zheng attended the forum. Li Keqiang, on behalf of the CCP CC, reported on this year’s economic work and proposals for next year’s economic work. Among the speakers at the symposium were: Wan Exiang, Chairman of the Central Committee of the National Revolutionary Committee; Ding Zhongli, Chairman of the Central Democratic League; Hao Mingjin, Chairman of the Democratic National Construction Association; Cai Dafeng, Chairman of the Democratic Progressive Central Committee; Chen Zhu, Chairman of the Central Committee of the Peasants and Workers Party; Wan Gang, Chairman of the Zhigong Party Central Committee; Wu Weihua, Chairman of the Central Committee of the Jiu San Society; and Taiwan League Su Hui.  Xi Jinping delivered an 'important' speech. He emphasised that this year is an extraordinary year in the history of New China. He pointed out that next year will be a very important year for China's modernisation drive. Xi Jinping put forward "three hopes": (i) hope that everyone will deepen their study, raise awareness, earnestly study and implement the spirit of the Fifth Plenary Session of the 19th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, so as to understand the spirit and grasp the essence ... To win new victories in building a modern socialist country in an all-round way and unitedly strive. (ii) hope that everyone will unify their thinking ... actively advise on the formulation and implementation of the "14th Five-Year Plan", especially for next year’s economic work, strengthen research on key issues in the country’s economic and social development, and put forward more valuable and weighty issues. (iii) hope that everyone will strengthen guidance, build consensus, create a good atmosphere for the new journey of building a socialist modern country in an all-round way ... assume the political responsibility of a good adviser, helper and colleague of the Communist Party of China, and go deep into the grassroots to understand and reflect the people's thoughts, expectations and wishes ... assist the party and the government in solving people's livelihood problems and assist the party and the government in solving doubts, straightening out emotions, resolving conflicts, building consensus, and contributing wisdom and strength to the promotion of China’s economic and social development. Ding Xuexiang, Liu He, Sun Chunlan, Hu Chunhua, You Quan, Wang Yong, Xiao Jie, He Lifeng, and relevant officials of the CCP CC and State Council attended the forum. Other non-Party figures attending the forum included Chen Xiaoguang, Zheng Jianbang, Gu Shengzu, Liu Xincheng, He Wei, Shao Hong, Jiang Zuojun, Li Yuefeng, Huang Rong, Xu Tao.

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