NPC Calendar: January 2020

The following laws take effect on January 1:

The NPC Standing Committee (NPCSC) is seeking public comments on the following bills through January 26:

The NPCSC will meet for its next regularly scheduled session in late February 2020.


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NPC Calendar: December 2019

The Vaccine Administration Law [疫苗管理法], the revised Drug Administration Law [药品管理法], and a decision of the NPC Standing Committee (NPCSC) approving a three-year pilot program in China’s free trade zones (discussed here) take effect on December 1.

The 13th NPCSC is expected to convene for its 15th session in late December. The Council of Chairpersons is expected to meet in mid-December to decide on the agenda and dates of the session.

We expect the session to review a draft Civil Code [民法典] and a draft Urban Maintenance and Construction Tax Law [城市维护建设税法]. The draft amendment to the Patent Law [专利法] and draft revision to the Law on the Prevention and Control of Environmental Pollution by Solid Waste [固体废物污染环境防治法] are likely to return for further review. The session may additionally consider the following bills:

We also expect the session to review the NPCSC Legislative Affairs Commission’s report on its recording-and-review work in 2019 and to adopt a decision convening the NPC’s annual session in 2020.

December 26 marks the 30th anniversary of the passage and entry into force of the Environmental Protection Law [环境保护法].


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NPC Calendar: November 2019

The amendment to the Trademark Law [商标法] takes effect on November 1.

The NPC Standing Committee (NPCSC) is expected to solicit public comments on the following bills early this month:

The NPCSC will meet for its next regularly scheduled session in late December.


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NPC Calendar: October 2019

The revised People’s Courts Organic Law [人民法院组织法] and revised People’s Procuratorates Organic Law [人民检察院组织法] take effect on October 1.

The Communist Party’s 19th Central Committee will convene for its fourth plenum sometime this month to discuss issues on “upholding and improving the socialist system with Chinese characteristics and advancing the modernization of China’s system and capacity for governance.” We will cover the plenum’s expected decision on these issues to the extent it has implications for the NPC.

The 13th NPC Standing Committee (NPCSC) is expected to convene for its 14th session in late October. The Council of Chairpersons is expected to meet in mid-October to decide on the agenda and dates of the session.

The draft amendment to the Patent Law [专利法] is likely to return for further review. The draft Basic Healthcare and Health Promotion Law [基本医疗卫生与健康促进法] and draft Encryption Law [密码法] will probably also return for further review. The upcoming NPCSC session may additionally consider the following bills:

  • draft Criminal Law Amendment (XI) [刑法修正案(十一)];
  • draft revision to the Minors Protection Law [未成年人保护法]; and
  • draft revision to the Law on the Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency [预防未成年人犯罪法].

October 31 marks the 30th anniversary of the passage and entry into force of the Assembles, Processions, and Demonstrations Law [集会游行示威法]—the immediate legislative response to the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests.


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NPC Calendar: September 2019

The Farmland Occupancy Tax Law [耕地占用税法] takes effect on September 1.

The NPC Standing Committee (NPCSC) is soliciting public comments on the draft Encryption Law [密码法] through September 2, 2019, and on the following bills through September 26, 2019:

We expect the NPCSC to hold a special session sometime this month to decide to confer China’s highest State honors on (tentatively) 33 individuals endorsed by the Communist Party. The Party will recommend to the NPCSC that 8 of them be awarded the Medal of the Republic [共和国勋章] and that the other 25 be given (as-yet unspecified) State honorary titles [国家荣誉称号]. You can read about those individuals here (in Chinese).

The NPCSC will meet for its next regularly scheduled session in late October.


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NPC Calendar: August 2019

The NPC Standing Committee (NPCSC) is soliciting public comments on the following draft laws through August 3, 2019 (except for the draft Encryption Law, whose comments period ends on September 2, 2019):

The 13th NPCSC is expected to convene for its 12th session in late August. The Council of Chairpersons is expected to meet in mid-August to decide on the agenda and dates of the session.

The following legislative bills are likely to return for further review:


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NPC Calendar: July 2019

The Vehicle Acquisition Tax Law [车辆购置税法] takes effect on July 1.

The NPC Standing Committee (NPCSC) is expected to solicit public comments on the following draft laws this week:

The NPCSC will convene for its next regularly scheduled session in late August.

July 1 marks the 40th anniversary of the enactment of the Criminal Law [刑法] and the Criminal Procedure Law [刑事诉讼法] (among five other important laws). They were the first batch of laws enacted by the full NPC in the aftermath of the decade-long Cultural Revolution.


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NPC Calendar: June 2019

The revised Civil Servants Law [公务员法] takes effect on June 1.

The 13th NPC Standing Committee is expected to convene for its 11th session in late June. The Council of Chairpersons is expected to meet in mid-June to decide on the agenda and dates of the session.

The following legislative bills are likely to return for further review:


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NPC Calendar: May 2019

The NPC Standing Committee (NPCSC) is soliciting public comments on the following draft laws through May 25:

We expect the NPCSC to release its 2019 legislative and oversight plans in early May. It will convene for its next regularly scheduled session in late June.


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NPC Calendar: April 2019

April 4 marks the 30th anniversary of the passage of the Administrative Litigation Law [行政诉讼法]—a landmark event in modern Chinese law.

The 13th NPC Standing Committee (NPCSC) is expected to convene for its 10th session in late April. The Council of Chairpersons* is expected to meet in mid-April to decide on the agenda and dates of the session as well as approve the NPCSC’s 2019 legislative and oversight plans. We expect both plans to be released after the upcoming NPCSC session concludes.

We expect the session to review for the third time a draft revision to the Securities Law [证券法], after having done so in April 2017 and April 2015. Based on the China Securities Regulatory Commission’s 2019 legislative plan, it is possible that a draft revision to the Company Law [公司法] and a draft Criminal Law Amendment (XI) [刑法修正案(十一)] would be considered together with the draft Securities Law revision.

The following legislative bills are likely to return for further review:


* We have previously translated 委员长会议 as “Council of Chairmen,” in line with the official English translation of China’s Constitution. But recently the Council has been given a gender-neutral translation, according to the NPC’s English website. We will make the same change, starting with this blog post.


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