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More grassroots delegates to attend CPC national congress

Xinhua | Updated: 2017-09-13 20:12
KUNMING -- Wang Donglin is honored to be elected as a delegate to attend the national congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) this year.

Wang, 29, works for Beiya Mining Company in the county of Heqing in southwest China's Yunnan Province. For the past ten years, he has led his colleagues to improve the company with hard work.

"I really cherish this opportunity to attend the 19th National Congress of the CPC," Wang said. "Before going, I will solicit opinions on the frontline."

The upcoming session, which will start in Beijing on Oct. 18, will see a higher percentage of grassroots delegates working on the frontline. The meeting will discuss and set the future direction for the Party and state, as well as elect a new central leadership.

The CPC national congress takes place once every five years. The delegates are not full-time and have jobs from all walks of life, including state leaders, officials, workers, farmers and teachers.

These frontline workers must account for no less than one-third of the delegates, representing provincial level regions, the central financial sector and centrally-administered enterprises in Beijing, which all increased frontline attendance compared to the 18th CPC National Congress.

More focus on grassroots delegates represents the change in Party membership. Party authorities approved 1.965 million new candidates in 2015, of whom 977,000 were frontline workers, such as industrial employees, farmers, herders and migrants.

Yang Fu, a Party official and colleague of Wang's, said that Wang was a great representative of frontline members as he worked hard and helped other colleagues gain expertise.

"After work, Wang often teaches others what he has learnt at work and shares his experience with other colleagues," Yang said.

In the past few years, Wang has submitted 60 proposals about company production.

"He greatly contributed to the company's capability, equipment maintenance and work efficiency," Yang said. "His hard-working spirit, perseverance and sense of responsibility are what make him a truly outstanding CPC member," Yang said.

Zhang Fakui, an official with the Heqing local government, said that Wang's election as delegate to the upcoming session showed that Party delegates cover an extensive range of areas.

"It means that the Party truly listens to opinions from all walks of life," Zhang said.
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