China pledges new reforms as normalcy returns to Kunming

* President Xi Jinping orders law enforcement agencies to hit back with full forces and bring perpetrators of deadly attack to justice
China pledges new reforms as normalcy returns to Kunming

BEIJING: China’s top political advisor Yu Zhengsheng on Monday pledged to further efforts to contribute to the deepening of the country’s reforms in a comprehensive manner.
Yu, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), made the pledge at the opening meeting of the second session of the 12th CPPCC National Committee in Beijing.
The announcement comes as order was restored in Kunming, capital of southwest China’s Yunnan province, where a deadly terrorist attack on Saturday night left 29 dead and more than 130 injured.
Yu said the political advisory body must uphold the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC), while adhering to and developing socialism with Chinese characteristics. It should also make sound, reasonable and feasible suggestions, foster the spirit of reform and innovation, and perform its functions for the benefit of the people, Yu said in his first report on the work of the Standing Committee of the CPPCC National Committee.
The advisor said the year 2014 is the first year for implementing the CPC Central Committee’s decision to comprehensively deepen reform, and is crucial for completing the 12th Five-Year Plan. The CPPCC will conduct thorough investigations and studies on key reform areas - including the fiscal and tax system, the judicial system and the Internet management system - to provide reference materials for the party and government in their decision making, Yu said. It will also conduct democratic oversight on how well major reform measures and tasks have been carried out, and put forward candid suggestions and comments thereon, he said.
Further efforts will be made to promote sustained, healthy economic development in addition to social harmony and stability, Yu said, adding that the CPPCC should fully play its role as an important channel for consultative democracy.
In his speech, Yu said the CPPCC should have members from Hong Kong and Macao so that they could play an active role and improve exchanges between the mainland and the two regions. Exchanges and cooperation across the Taiwan Strait should also be expanded, he said.
A silent tribute was observed for victims of a terrorist attack at a train station in Kunming.
At the train station where the attacked happened, train arrivals resumed after three trains with 3,000 passengers were affected on Saturday night, said station officials. Part of a major road in front of the railway station is still under traffic control and a waiting area on a square east of the station is cordoned off.
With a heavy police presence, normal operations have resumed and passengers can walk into and out of the station with no new restrictions.
Security screening of passengers and luggage is being carried out and staff are maintaining order in more crowded areas.
In the ticket hall, people were seen queuing to buy train tickets. Some chatted with each other while others were playing cards. Security has been beefed up at the city’s Changshui International Airport, with increased security personnel and tougher scrutiny of passengers and luggage. The municipal government has said that evidence at the crime scene showed that the Kunming Railway Station terrorist attack was orchestrated by Xinjiang separatist forces. No details have been given.
The foreign affairs office of the Yunnan provincial government said there were no reports that foreigners were killed or injured in the attack. Neither are Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macao compatriots among the victims.,

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