China issues white paper on its political party system

 China’s State Council Information Office on Friday issued a white paper titled “China’s Political System: Cooperation and Consultation,” elaborating on the distinctive characteristics and strengths of the country’s political system.

The system of multiparty cooperation and consultation under the leadership of the Communist of China (CPC) was a basic element of China’s framework, the white paper said.

In this system, in addition to the CPC, there were eight other parties: the Revolutionary Committee of the Chinese Kuomintang, the China Democratic League, the China National Democratic Construction Association, and the China Association for Promoting Democracy.

The Chinese Peasants and Workers Democratic Party, the China Zhi Gong Party, the Jiusan Society and the Taiwan Democratic Self-Government League.

The system also included prominent individuals without affiliation to any of the parties.

The system is premised on the principles of long-term coexistence, mutual oversight, sincerity, and sharing the rough times and the smooth by parties.

The CPC and the other parties created a multiparty cooperation system in which the CPC exercises state power and the other parties participate fully in the administration of state affairs under the leadership of the CPC, said the white paper.

Calling the system a new model grown out of the soil of China, the white paper said also learnt from other countries and absorbed the fruits of their achievements.

The CPC has worked together with the non-CPC parties over the years, advancing side by side, withstanding all kinds of tests, and forming a new type of relationship featuring cooperation, unity and harmony, the white paper said.

According to the white paper, the CPC upholds equality, democratic consultation, and sincere cooperation to support other participants in jointly building state power at all levels of people’s congresses, governments and judicial organs.

The document said China’s political system was a structure of enormous strength, creativity and vitality.

embodied the essence of Chinese traditions, reflected the intrinsic requirements of socialism, and conformed to China’s realities and its needs in state governance.

As a basic component of China’s system, contributes to China’s development, national rejuvenation, and social progress, and is of great benefit to the people’s wellbeing, said.

Over the past seven decades and more, China’s political system has grown and matured, providing Chinese ideas to the world in terms of modern politics, and offering a new model for global political progress. (Xinhua/NAN)