BEIJING, Oct. 13 (Xinhua) -- The Communist Party of
China (CPC) Central Committee recently held a forum to solicit opinions and
suggestions from non-Communist personages on the documents of its latest plenary
session held late last week.
CPC Central Committee General Secretary Hu Jintao
briefed the leaders of the non-Communist parties, leaders of the All-China
Federation of Industry and Commerce, and persons without party affiliation on
what was considered when forming the document. He asked them to raise
suggestions on its revision.
Some delegates made remarks, approving the summary
made by the CPC Central Committee on the experiences of the 30 years of rural
reform and development and supporting the guideline thinking, objectives,
principles and measures of rural reform and development.
They raised suggestions on the overall plan of urban
and rural development, farmland protection, grain security, spread of
agricultural technology and rural financial system reform, as well as on
deepening cross-Strait agricultural exchanges and cooperation and improving
After hearing the opinions, Hu said the suggestions
were valuable and reflected the in-depth thinking of the participants. Relevant
departments would conscientiously study and adopt them.
He added China was an agricultural country with the
majority of its population in rural areas. Addressing issues on agriculture, the
countryside and farmers would be taken as the fundamental work.
Since China launched its reform and opening up, the
CPC Central Committee had held many plenary sessions to discuss agricultural and
Facing new situations and tasks, the rural
development system should be continually innovated, Hu said, adding rural reform
remained the key to China's reform, and agriculture and rural development were
still the strategic foundation of the country's development.
Promoting rural reform and development would bring
the national economy and society into a new round of development, he added.
Hu asked the participants in the forum to contribute
to the new socialist countryside construction by make in-depth study, identify
and handle the protruding problems in rural reform and development in a timely
manner, and raise relevant suggestions accordingly.
Wen Jiabao, Jia Qinglin and Xi Jinping, members of
the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee,
also attended the forum.
On Sunday, the CPC Central Committee approved a
decision on major issues concerning rural reform and development at the close of
a four-day meeting, such as doubling the income of rural residents, boosting
their consumption by a big margin and basically eliminating absolute poverty in
rural areas by 2020.