While attending the 17th National Congress of the Communist Party in China (CPC), China’s first astronaut, Yang Liwei, indicated that a branch of the CPC would be set up in a space station to await China’s permanent presence in space. 
According to the Beijing Population Control Bureau, there are more than one million professional and volunteer security personell guarding the Party’s 17th Congress. The number includes 180,300 guard members, parking attendants, managers of the floating population and of house rentals, guarding cadres of various working units, and property security; 291,000 security and patrol volunteers; and 352,700 public security activists and other volunteers like Sanbao force. In addition, there are 60,000 security personnel in Dongcheng, Xicheng District and 120,000 in Haidian district. (The total number is 1.02 million.) There are also 1,200 secret police and 80 police dogs
Since 1999, Mrs. Liu Qingzhen, a retired teacher from Deng County, Henan Province, has unceasingly been appealing for justice for her husband. She has gone to Beijing to appeal to the central government 60 times, but was stopped 38 times, and put into custody in a black jail (a jail that no one admits exists) 4 times. Each time, she was detained for 10 days with no food, she was severely beaten and tortured, and governement officials consfiscated all of her personal belongings, including her cell phone.
China’s preparations for the 2008 Olympics have boosted the country’s human rights development and improved the welfare of the people, says Beijing. The remarks were made as an international campaign is unfolding to seek an end to human rights abuses in China.
According to the Outlook Weekly magazine published by Xinhua, the predominating status of the public ownership system has been strengthened, with the government in tight control over the distribution of economic resources.
More than 2,000 former rightists  cosigned an open letter  to the 17th National Congress, again requesting that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) redress the grievances of the Anti-Rightist Movement, abolish censorship and repay salaries owed to those who were labeled rightists in 1957.  The open letter was handed to representatives of the 17th National Congress through various channels.