On January 1, Jiang Zemin spoke at the New Year's Tea Party held by the CPPCC National Committee, stating that 1997 will be an unusual year in the development history of our party and country. Our party will convene the 15th National Congress, and our government will resume exercising sovereignty over Hong Kong. These are two events that have attracted worldwide attention.
On February 19, Deng Xiaoping died in Beijing at the age of 93. On the same day, the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, the State Council, the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, and the Central Military Commission issued a "Letter to the Party and the Army of the People of All Nationalities in the National Army," calling Deng Xiaoping an excellent leader recognized by our people and all ethnic groups in our country with high prestige. Man, great Marxist, great proletarian revolutionary, politician, military strategist, diplomat, tried and tested communist fighter, chief architect of China ’s socialist reform, opening up and modernization, building socialism with Chinese characteristics The founder of the theory.
On February 22, the CPPCC National Committee deeply remembered the great achievements of Comrade Deng Xiaoping in Beijing. Comrades Wang Zhaoguo, Qian Weichang, Ape Awang, Jinmei, Wan Guoquan, Gu Mu, Hong Xuezhi, Yang Zhengmin, Zhang Qia, Zhu Xun, Peng Youjin, Lu Jiaxi, and Fang Weizhong have spoken successively. Through their own personal experience and true feelings, He commemorates Comrade Deng Xiaoping's great achievements from different aspects, and sings his great contribution to opening up a new situation in the united front and the CPPCC during the new era, expressing the need to turn grief into strength and comfort Comrade Deng Xiaoping's spirit with harder work.
From February 27th to March 12th, the fifth meeting of the Eighth National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference was held in Beijing. The General Assembly endorsed the "Government Work Report" made by Premier Li Peng, the "Report on the Implementation of the 1996 National Economic and Social Development Plan and the 1997 Draft of the National Economic and Social Development Plan", "The Implementation of the 1996 Central and Local Budget and Report of the 1997 Central and Local Draft Budget, endorses the work report of the Supreme People's Court and the work report of the Supreme People's Procuratorate. The meeting paid close attention to issues such as strengthening the basic status of agriculture, accelerating the pace of reform of state-owned enterprises, reducing the burden on farmers, increasing poverty alleviation, promoting the development of the central and western regions, strengthening the construction of spiritual civilization, deepening the fight against corruption, and comprehensively managing social security. , Put forward positive opinions and suggestions, and hope that the government will continue to take effective measures to effectively resolve them. The meeting expressed deep condolences to the death of beloved Deng Xiaoping. The meeting agreed with the work report of the Standing Committee made by Vice Chairman Ye Xuanping. The meeting expressed satisfaction with the results achieved by the Standing Committee in fulfilling the functions of the CPPCC around the tasks of the National Center over the past year, and made suggestions on continuing to strengthen and improve future work. The meeting agreed to the 1997 work guidelines, work tasks and work arrangements proposed in the report, and requested the Standing Committee to carefully organize implementation.
From May 26 to June 11, at the invitation of Portugal, the Greek Parliament, and the German government, Li Ruihuan, chairman of the CPPCC National Committee, paid an official friendly visit to the three countries. This is the first visit of the CPPCC Chairman to these three countries. This visit has promoted the further development of friendly and cooperative relations between China and the three countries, achieved the intended purpose of enhancing understanding, strengthening cooperation, expanding exchanges and developing friendship, and achieved complete success.
On June 26, a symposium in the capital ’s religious circles to welcome Hong Kong ’s return was jointly held in Beijing by the Ethnic and Religious Committee of the CPPCC National Committee, the United Front Work Department of the CPC Central Committee, and the State Council ’s Religious Affairs Bureau. Zhao Puchu, vice chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and director of the Ethnic and Religious Committee, pointed out in his speech that the religious community must make full use of the great event of the Chinese nation and conduct extensive and intensive patriotic education and one country, two systems education among the majority of believers. Through this great event, the patriotic enthusiasm of all religious believers throughout the country was encouraged, and the cause of socialist modernization construction continued to move forward!
On June 26, the National People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) welcomed the return of Hong Kong to the symposium in the CPPCC Auditorium. Vice Chairman Ye Xuanping said in his concluding speech that the CPPCC is the most extensive patriotic united front organization of the Chinese people. For a long time, various democratic parties, people's organizations and people from all ethnic groups and all walks of life have done a lot of work and played an active role in implementing the "one country, two systems" policy and realizing Hong Kong's return to the motherland. We must continue to adhere to the theory of building socialism with Chinese characteristics by Comrade Deng Xiaoping. Under the strong leadership of the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Jiang Zemin as the core, we must give full play to our own characteristics and advantages, and do all the work as always, unite the majority of patriotic compatriots at home and abroad. In order to achieve the grand goal of modernization, to maintain Hong Kong's prosperity and stability, and to make new contributions to the further advancement of the motherland's reunification.
From June 27th to 29th, the eighth session of the 21st Standing Committee was held in Beijing. The main topic of the meeting was: Study Deng Xiaoping's important exposition on the CPPCC and further promote the development of CPPCC work. Ye Xuanping, vice chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, summed up the work experience of the eighth CPPCC over the past five years with the "five musts": must always adhere to the correct political direction, must always adhere to and serve the overall situation, and must always adhere to the characteristics and advantages of the CPPCC We must always adhere to relying on the majority of members to activate and deepen the work of the CPPCC, and we must always adhere to regulating the work of the CPPCC with correct principles.
From September 22 to 24, the 22nd Standing Committee of the Eighth Session was held in Beijing. The main theme of the meeting was to learn and implement the spirit of the 15th National Congress of the Communist Party of China. The meeting heard a counseling report by Comrade Wen Jiabao on the spirit of the 15th CPC National Congress. The report is divided into three parts: 1. Introduction to the 15th National Congress of the CPC; 2. Introduction to the main contents of the report of the 15th CPC National Congress; 3. Study and implement the opinions of the 15th CPC National Congress. The meeting reviewed and passed the Resolution on Learning and Implementing the Spirit of the 15th National Congress of the Communist Party of China
On September 28, the General Office of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and the United Front Work Department of the Communist Party of China held a National Day reception in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. They gathered with new friends and old friends from Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Macau, Taiwan and overseas to celebrate the founding of the People's Republic of China.48 anniversary.
From October 17th to December 2nd, the 8th National Congress of China Democracy League, the 12th National Congress of China Agricultural Workers' Democratic Party, the 11th National Congress of China Zhi Gong Dang, the 8th All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce Second Member Congress, the Seventh National Congress of the Jiu San Society, the 50th Anniversary of the Founding of the Taiwan Democratic Self-Government Alliance and the Sixth National Congress, the Seventh National Congress of the China Democratic National Construction Association, and the Ninth Revolutionary Committee of the Chinese Kuomintang The National Congress and the Eighth National Congress of the China Democracy Promotion Association were held in Beijing. The congresses discussed and approved their respective work reports, reviewed and approved their respective constitutions, discussed and determined their respective future policies and tasks, and each elected new central leadership bodies and leaders. Ding Shisun was re-elected as the Central Chairman of the China Democracy League, Jiang Zhenghua was elected as the Central Chairman of the China Peasants and Workers' Democratic Party, Luo Haocai was elected as the Chairman of the China Zhi Gong Dang Party, Shu Shuping was elected as the Chairman of the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce, Wu Jieping was elected as the Central Chairman of the Jiu San Society, and Zhang Kehui was elected as Cheng Siwei, chairman of the Taiwan Democratic Self-Government Alliance, was elected as the Central Chairman of the China Democratic National Construction Association, He Luli was elected as the Central Chairman of the Revolutionary Committee of the Chinese Kuomintang, and Xu Jialu was elected as the Central Chairman of the China Democracy Promotion Association.
From November 24th to 27th, the National CPPCC Chairman's Symposium was held in the auditorium of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. The main topic of the meeting was: guided by the spirit of the 15th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, summing up and exchanging the work experience of the eighth National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference for five years and discussing changes. The "Summary of the Work of the Eighth National Committee of the CPPCC (Draft for Soliciting Opinions)" provides suggestions for the future work of the CPPCC. Chairman Li Ruihuan pointed out at the closing meeting that the CPPCC still has unique advantages in promoting reform and opening up and economic development, strengthening socialist democracy and the construction of the legal system, maintaining unity and stability, and promoting the unification of the motherland. The CPPCC is a great creation of the older generation of revolutionaries represented by Comrade Mao Zedong. After half a century of practical tests, it is completely suitable for China's national conditions. We should attach great importance to it, take good care of it, and persist unswervingly.
From December 7th to 19th, at the invitation of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam and the Central Front of the Vietnam Motherland, the New Zealand Government, and the Australian Government, Li Ruihuan, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, paid an official friendly visit to the three countries. This visit to Vietnam was the highest level visit of a Chinese leader to Vietnam in 1997; a visit to New Zealand and Australia was a major event to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Australia.
At the end of 1997, a symposium of members of the CPPCC non-party circles was held in Beijing. The meeting summarized the activities of the non-party circles in the eight sessions of the CPPCC for five years and made suggestions and ideas for future work. The members spoke freely at the symposium, fully affirming the work of the CPPCC and the activities of non-partisan circles in the past five years.