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Yao stands tall after advisers elected

RETIRED basketball star Yao Ming was elected as a new member of the standing committee of Shanghai's top advisory body as its annual session ended yesterday.

Yao, a new member on the Shanghai Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference this year, was elected to its standing committee with six other members, including Cheng Jiulong, deputy director of Shanghai Public Security Bureau, Dao Shuming, the city's tourism administration director, and Wu Jianzhong, head of the Shanghai Library.

Yao attended a training class for new members last Monday.

He did not make any proposals during the week-long session, because he said he needed time to think about them seriously.

"A good proposal needs overall and mature thinking," Yao said.

He said he would mainly focus on topics about sports and education.

"I wish I can make some good proposals soon as a CPPCC member and wish other members to offer some help to me," Yao said at the training class.

Delegates submitted 902 proposals during the annual session, said Feng Guoqin, chairman of the standing committee.

More than 28 percent were about the city's education, science, health and sports, while other proposals concerned topics such as jobs, the economy, urban construction and management, Feng said.

Meanwhile, the annual session of the Shanghai People's Congress, the city's top legislature, closes today.


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