Top political advisor Wang Yang on Wednesday commended the contributions made by the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation (CSCLF) in boosting international friendship, deepening exchanges between the mainland and Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao, and promoting the welfare of children and teenagers.
Wang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), made the remarks when meeting representatives attending the foundation's 8th council meeting.
Wang also highlighted the organization's active role in promoting the country's poverty alleviation initiative and ethnic unity over the past five years.
He urged the foundation to remain committed to its public-interest nature, and improve the management of its funds and charity projects.
You Quan, a member of the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee and head of the United Front Work Department of the CPC Central Committee; Li Bin, vice chairwoman, and Zheng Jianbang, vice chairman, of the CPPCC National Committee; and Wang Jiarui, chairman of CSCLF's seventh council, attended the meeting.
The meeting deliberated and approved the Work Report of the Seventh Council of the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation, the Fund Management Work Report of China Soong Ching Ling Foundation (2016-2020) and the Articles of Association of China Soong Ching Ling Foundation (Amendment).
Meanwhile, new council members were also elected, with Li Bin being named chairman of the eighth council of the CSCLF, and Long Mingbiao, Wang Ning, Hang Yuanxiang, Li Huidong, Xie Feng, Yu Yanhong, Jing Dunquan, Yu Qun and Ding Jie elected vice chairmen of the council.
Named after Soong Ching Ling, the wife of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the Beijing-based foundation is focused on international and cross-Strait exchanges, as well as the welfare of children and teenagers.