BEIJING, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislature, opened its bimonthly session Monday to read a series of draft laws.
Lawmakers are reading for the first time a draft amendment to China's Criminal Law, a draft amendment to the law on deputies to the NPC and local People's Congresses, a draft law on intangible cultural heritage and a draft revision of the soil and water conservation law.
China's top legislature will also discuss Hong Kong's constitutional reform package that concerns amendments to the methods for the selection of the region's chief executive and for the formation of the Legislative Council in 2012.
Lawmakers will also continue to deliberate draft amendments to the law on officers in reserve service and the draft law on mediation.
They will also deliberate a draft law on the application of laws to civil relationships involving foreign interests.
The session is scheduled to run from Aug. 23 to Aug. 28.