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China's top legislature opens bimonthly session, reads draft laws

12-21-2010 11:10 BJT

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.

During the six-day session, lawmakers are reading, for the second time, a draft amendment to the Criminal Law, a draft revision to the Law on Water and Soil Conservation, and a draft law on intangible cultural heritage.

In the draft amendment to the Criminal Law, harsher punishment are to be handed down for principal offenders of organized crimes.

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Wu Bangguo, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC),
presides over the first plenary meeting of the 18th session of the Standing Committee
of the 11th NPC in Beijing, capital of China, Dec. 20, 2010.(Xinhua/Fan Rujun)


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