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To probe this issue a bit more, let's turn once again to Professor Wang Chenguang.
Reasons for fewer death sentences
1: China's death penalty has long been an issue raised by many foreign countries. Monday's draft amendment eliminates capital punishment for 13 economy-related non-violent offenses. Does this indicate that past punishments for such crimes were too severe?
Results of issuing fewer death sentences
2: If nearly 20 percent of the current offenses are eliminated from the death penalty list, do you think more economic crimes will take place in China? Are there other forms of punishment that can act as deterrents?