Chinese lawmakers adopt laws, vow legal guarantees for high-quality development
The Standing Committee of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislature, concluded its 24th session Saturday with multiple laws adopted, such as the revision to the Law on the Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency, the Yangtze River conservation law, Amendment XI to the Criminal Law and a revision to the Law on National Defense.
The Yangtze River Conservation Law – China's first legislation on a specific river basin, will take effect on March 1, 2021.
The amendment to the Criminal Law will take effect on March 1, 2021 and stipulates heavier criminal penalties for intellectual property rights (IPR) infringements, raising the maximum prison term for trademark and copyright infringements from seven to 10 years.
The revision to the National Defense Law stipulates that the country encourages and supports eligible citizens and enterprises to make investments in the national defense sector, guarantees their legitimate rights and interests, and provides them with preferential policies according to the law.
Li Zhanshu, Chairman of the NPC Standing Committee, chaired the meeting.
Noting that 2021 is of special importance to China's modernization, Li called on lawmakers to make efforts in offering legal support and guarantees for implementing the new development philosophy and building the new development pattern, so as to promote China's high-quality development.
(Cover: Li Zhanshu, chairman of the National People's Congress Standing Committee, presides over the closing meeting of the 24th session of the 13th NPC Standing Committee in Beijing, capital of China, December 26, 2020. /Xinhua)