An increasing number of non-Communist officials have taken up decision-making
positions as the Communist Party of China (CPC) steps up reform of its personnel
and cadre system.
In a recent open selection of 16 department-level officials, the Beijing
municipal government earmarked 10 positions for non-Communist candidates.
The positions include deputy heads of the Beijing Environmental Protection
Bureau and Beijing Tourism Bureau.
Yan Zhimin, a political science professor with Peking University, said the
move aims to broaden the national scope of attracting talented people.
"It's an indication that the CPC values its co-operation with non-Communist
parties and the role of people without any party affiliations," he said
"Many of those talents have excellent political and management capacity. They
are a treasure of the society."
Last month, the Shanghai municipal government announced that non-Communist
official can take up top leadership positions, instead of deputy or assistant
ones, in local government departments, as long as they meet the requirements.
In South China's Guangdong Province, non-Communist officials account for
about half of more than 6,000 administrative staff in local institutions,
colleges and universities.
"The participation of non-Communist talents in political life will help
stabilize and speed up the country's social and economic development," said Li
Zhenghua, director of the No 1 Research Team of the Institute of Contemporary
About 176,000 non-Communist people are currently deputies to the People's
Congress at various levels, according to statistics of the State Council
Among them seven rank as high as vice-presidents of the Standing Committee of
the National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislature, and 50 are
members of the NPC Standing Committee.
Another 503 non-Communist people have provincial-level positions in local
governments, while 2,436 are municipal-level officials.
By the end of 2004, more than 32,000 non-Communist
officials had been appointed as deputy chiefs or assistants of government
departments at or above county-level in China.