(Update: June 29, 2017): The NPCSC released full texts of the amended Water Pollution Prevention and Control Law, Administrative Litigation Law, and Civil Procedure Law.
(Update: June 28, 2017): China Law Translate has translated the National Intelligence Law.
The NPC Standing Committee (NPCSC) concluded its bimonthly session this afternoon with (among other actions taken) the passage of three bills: a new National Intelligence Law, an amendment to the Water Pollution Prevention and Control Law, as well as amendments to two procedural laws to formally grant the procuratorates (or prosecutor’s offices) nationwide authority to initiate public interest litigation.
Continue reading “28th Session Watch Pt. 2: NPCSC Passes New Intelligence Law, Amends Clean Water Law, and Empowers Procuratorates to File Public Interest Lawsuits (UPDATED)”
Update (June 22, 2017): According to the agenda and daily schedule of the 28th Session released today, a draft Supervision Law (监察法, formerly known as 国家监察法, or State Supervision Law) has been submitted to the NPCSC, as we predicted below. The NPCSC is scheduled to hear an explanation of the draft on Friday. We therefore will not have more information about the draft until then.
In addition, the NPC Law Committee has recommended that the NPCSC pass the National Intelligence Law and the amendment to the Water Pollution Prevention and Control Law. We expect both to be approved on July 27, the last day of the Session. We also expect the ongoing session to adopt draft amendments to the Administrative Litigation Law and the Civil Procedure Law—submitted by the Supreme People’s Procuratorate to empower people’s procuratorates nationwide to initiate public interest litigation. Such a process is currently being piloted in 13 provinces.
The 12th NPC Standing Committee (NPCSC) will convene for its 28th Session on June 22 through 27, the Council of Chairmen decided this afternoon. This post is a customary summary of the Session’s agenda as announced in this press release.
Continue reading “28th Session Watch Pt. 1: National Intelligence, Soil Pollution, National Anthem, and Others on Agenda—But No Sign of State Supervision (Yet) (UPDATED)”
Earlier this afternoon, at the closing meeting of its 27th Session, the 12th NPC Standing Committee (NPCSC) voted on and approved a series of legislative bills as well as decisions on personnel and reform of the judicial system. The following is a quick review of the actions taken by the NPCSC today.
Continue reading “27th Session Watch Pt. 2: NPCSC Concludes Session with New Laws, Decisions”
As we have predicted earlier, the Council of Chairmen met today to set the dates and agenda for this month’s NPC Standing Committee (NPCSC) session. It decided that the 27th Session of the 12th NPCSC will take place from April 24 to 27. As usual, this post summarizes the official press release of the Council’s meeting, along with other pertinent information.
Continue reading “27th Session Watch Pt. 1: NPCSC to Consider Securities Law Revision, Renew People’s Assessor System Reform”
Since the 7th National People’s Congress (NPC), each NPC’s last session has passed a decision prescribing various requirements for electing delegates to the next NPC (election decision). Following this practice, the 5th Session of the 12th NPC, which concluded yesterday, approved the Decision on the Quota and Election of Delegates to the 13th National People’s Congress (Decision), to a certain extent dictating the composition of the 13th NPC. This post reviews the contents of the Decision, starting with some background information.
Continue reading “More Women, Fewer Cadres: A Preview of Next NPC’s Composition”
This post serves as a portal to all the documents relating to the recently concluded plenary session of the National People’s Congress (NPC).
Currently, only Chinese documents are available. English versions of some of the documents should be available in a few days; this post will then be updated accordingly.
Continue reading “2017 NPC Session: Legislations, Reports, Resolutions & More (UPDATED)”
The annual session of the National People’s Congress (NPC) is currently underway. Apart from the routine budget, development plan, and four central State organs’ work reports, this year a major piece of legislation is also being reviewed by the NPC: General Provisions of Civil Law (GPCL). As the name suggests, it is a set of guiding principles for a future civil code—codified laws that modulate personal and property relationships between civil entities. After the delegates spent last Friday deliberating the bill, several important changes were made to the draft. This post reviews these changes as reported by the press, starting with some background information.
Continue reading “2017 NPC Session: Schoolchildren, Heroes, Good Samaritans & Draft Civil Law (UPDATED)”
The Press Center of the 5th Session of the 12th National People’s Congress (NPC) has released a preliminary schedule of press conferences to be held during the Session, as (almost completely) translated below.
In the next ten days, other outlets’ reports, commentaries, or analyses relating to those press conferences will appear regularly on this Blog’s Twitter feed. We ask our readers to send us such links by leaving comments, messaging us, or tweeting to us.
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Continue reading “2017 NPC Session: Schedule of Press Conferences (UPDATED)”
The 5th Session of the 12th National People’s Congress (NPC) held its first press conference earlier on Saturday. The spokeswoman for the Session, Fu Ying, who is also Chairwoman of the NPC Foreign Affairs Committee, answered a total of 15 questions from both Chinese and foreign journalists. While her answers on China’s 2017 national defense budget made headlines elsewhere, here we’ll focus instead on what she revealed about the top legislature’s tasks planned for 2017.
Continue reading “2017 NPC Session: Press Conference Provides First Look at NPCSC’s Tasks in 2017”
The 5th Session of the 12th National People’s Congress (NPC) just released its agenda and daily schedule. According to the schedule, this Session will run from March 5 to 15. The agenda contains 11 items, ten of which the delegates will first hear at three different plenary meetings on March 5, 8, and 12. (The 11th one is a NPC Standing Committee (NPCSC) member’s request to resign, which needs the NPC’s approval.) The NPC will vote on all items on the agenda on March 15.
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Below is a rundown on the three plenary meetings. All times are in China Standard Time (UTC +8:00).
Continue reading “2017 NPC Session: Agenda and Daily Schedule”