CHINA'S democratic parties played a more significant role in politics this year, the official China News Service said yesterday. It gave a detailed account of proposals these parties have put forward, noting that their efforts had borne fruit and their opinions were well-received. At the National People's Congress and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, for instance, 1,582 proposals were submitted by these parties. Proposals made by the Chinese Peasants' and Workers' Democratic Party (CPWDP) to revise the Labour and Education Laws had been accepted by the relevant authorities, the agency said. The CPWDP's recommendations on fighting corruption were approved by the Communist Party's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection. It also studied problems of medical insurance and the quality of teachers, the agency reported. Meanwhile, the China Democratic League (CDL), headed by sociologist Fei Xiaotong, has been active in the field of education and economic development. The agency cited CDL vice-chairman Professor Qian Weichang, who had offered valuable suggestions and proposals on education to the Communist Party and the State Council. The China Democratic National Construction Association, on the other hand, has conducted surveys and studies into the problems of resettlement of residents affected by the Three Gorges dam project, the reform of the rural economy and the establishment of a modern enterprise system. 'Political participation [by the parties] in 1994 was well-planned, regular, active and popular,' the agency concluded.