A senior Chinese official Wednesday called for strengthened Party building work in new social strata and professions such as accountants and lawyers.
Li Yuanchao, head of the Organization Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, said efforts should be made to invigorate the establishment and structure of Party organizations in the new sectors and "promote both the professional and Party work of the sectors."
Authorities, such as the ministries of finance and justice, and guilds should play a leading role in the Party building work, said Li, also a member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee.
Accountants and lawyers are among new social strata emerging after the country's reform and opening up in the late 1970s, and are considered as "important forces" in the development of the socialist market economy and the promotion of democracy and rule of law.
China has more than 7,600 accounting firms and nearly 300,000 certified public accountants. The country also has more than 15,000 law firms and more than 166,000 lawyers.
More than 62 percent of the country's accounting firms have their own CPC organizations, up from 20 percent years ago, and all law firms have their Party groups, ministry statistics show.
The ministries of finance and justice are in charge of the work of Party organizations among lawyers and accountants.
He said the Party building work among accountants and lawyers would become a model of Party work in other new sectors.