The following legislation takes effect on March 1:
- Physicians Law [医师法] (adopted Aug. 20, 2021);
- amendment to the Seed Law [种子法] (adopted Dec. 24, 2021); and
- Decision on Establishing a Chengdu-Chongqing Financial Court [关于设立成渝金融法院的决定] (adopted Feb. 28, 2022).
The Decision on the System of Ranks for the Active-Duty Soldiers of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army [关于中国人民解放军现役士兵衔级制度的决定] (adopted Feb. 28, 2022) takes effect on March 31.
China’s 13th National People’s Congress (NPC) will convene for its fifth and final annual session on Saturday, March 5. The session’s tentative agenda includes the following items:
- Deliberate the Government Work Report;
- Deliberate work reports by the NPC Standing Committee, the Supreme People’s Court, and the Supreme People’s Procuratorate;
- Review a report on the execution of the 2021 National Economic and Social Development Plan and on the draft 2022 National Economic and Social Development Plan; and review the draft 2022 National Economic and Social Development Plan;
- Review a report on the execution of the 2021 Central and Local Budgets and on the draft 2022 Central and Local Budgets; and review the draft 2022 Central and Local Budgets;
- Deliberate a draft amendment to the Organic Law of Local People’s Congresses at All Levels and Local People’s Governments at All Levels [地方各级人民代表大会和地方各级人民政府组织法];
- Deliberate a draft Decision on Issues Concerning the Quotas and Elections of Delegates to the 14th NPC [关于第十四届全国人民代表大会代表名额和选举问题的决定]; and
- Deliberate two draft measures for electing delegates to the 14th NPC from Hong Kong and Macao, respectively.
On March 4, the NPC session will convene for a preparatory meeting to select members of the Presidium (an ad hoc body of around 170 members that will preside over the session) and to finalize the session’s agenda. The Presidium will then immediately meet to decide on the session’s daily schedule and designate a spokesperson. Shortly thereafter the session is expected to hold its first press conference.
Like its last two annual meetings, the NPC’s 2022 session will likely last seven days, to close on March 11. All reports and bills submitted for review are expected to be approved on the last day.