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New ministers appointed, legislative agenda set

By Cao Yin | China Daily | Updated: 2023-12-30 07:49
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Zhao Leji, chairman of the National People's Congress Standing Committee, presides over the closing meeting of the seventh session of the 14th NPC Standing Committee at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Dec 29, 2023. The 14th NPC Standing Committee concluded its seventh session on Friday in Beijing. [Photo/Xinhua]

The two sessions — China's biggest annual political events — are usually convened in early March. About 3,000 national lawmakers and around 2,000 political advisers travel to Beijing to discuss the country's crucial economic and political issues, and to share their ideas regarding the formulation or revision of laws related to people's interests and social development.

On Friday, when the NPC Standing Committee wrapped up its latest session, it also passed an amendment to the Criminal Law to strengthen the nation's fight against bribery.

The revised law, which will take effect on March 1, states that those offering bribes repeatedly to multiple people or parties involved in major national projects will be severely punished.

If bribes are offered to staff members of supervisory, administrative or judicial departments, or given for job promotion, or offered in fields such as the environment, finance, safety production, drug and food, social insurance, rescue relief, education and healthcare, the briber will face harsher penalties, according to the law.

In addition, the session voted to adopt a revised Company Law, a food security law and a decision to amend the Charity Law.

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