China's parliament ends annual session, adopts landmark property, corporate income tax laws
www.chinaview.cn 2007-03-16 10:55:28

Special Report: NPC, CPPCC Annual Sessions 2007

China's parliament annual session holds closing meeting

Wu Bangguo, chairman of the standing committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), presides over the closing meeting of the Fifth Session of the Tenth NPC in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, March 16, 2007. The Fifth Session of the Tenth NPC closed here Friday. (Xinhua/Ma Zhancheng) Photo Gallery>>>

    BEIJING, March 16 (Xinhua) -- China's parliament, the National People's Congress (NPC), concluded its annual session on Friday morning with the adoption of a landmark property law and a corporate income tax law.

    The two laws, granting equal protection to public and private properties and unifying corporate income tax rates for domestic and foreign companies, were adopted by an overwhelming majority vote.

    The NPC adopted the corporate income tax law with 2,826 votes for and 37 against, and 22 abstentions, and the landmark property law with 2,799 votes for and 52 against, and 37 abstentions.

    NPC Standing Committee Chairman Wu Bangguo hailed the session as "a great success" at the closing meeting.

    Observers said the laws are the fruit of China's reform and opening up and will in turn help drive the reform and opening-up of the country.

    The property law showed the spirit of reform and opening up of China, since it protects the order of the socialist market economy and grants equal protection to public and private property, said Wang Shengming, vice head of the Commission of Legislative Affairs of the NPC Standing Committee.

    Liu Hezhang, a member of the NPC Standing Committee, said the property law is a signal of further reform and opening up as its passage suggests China will not start a new round of "capitalism or socialism" dispute.

    Meanwhile, Lu Jianzhong, NPC deputy and chairman of Shaanxi Jiaxin Group, said the corporate income tax law, which puts domestic and foreign-funded enterprises on an equal footing for income taxes for the first time since China's opening up began in 1978, brings China's economy more in line with international practice.

    The NPC deputies on Friday also approved reports on the government work, economic and social development, the central and local budgets, the work of the NPC Standing Committee, and the work of the Supreme People's Court and the Supreme People's Procuratorate.

    They adopted a resolution on the election of deputies to the 11th NPC and the measures for electing NPC deputies from China's Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions.

    The NPC annual session has received a total of 796 motions, said Sheng Huaren, vice chairman of the NPC Standing Committee.

    The NPC is the highest institution through which the Chinese people exercise their state power. All administrative, judicial, procuratorial and military organs and other state-level institutions are responsible to the NPC and supervised by it.

    In 1953, China held people's congresses at different levels. In 1954, the First National People's Congress (NPC) was convened, marking the establishment of the people's congress system, which is the fundamental political system in China.

    The National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), China's top advisory body, adopted a political resolution on Thursday at the closing meeting of its annual session to give full support to the government work report by Premier Wen Jiabao, reports on the work of the Supreme People's Court and the Supreme People's Procuratorate, and the draft property right law and the draft enterprise income tax law.

The Fifth Session of the Tenth National People's Congress (NPC) holds its closing meeting in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, March 16, 2007. The Fifth Session of the Tenth NPC closed here Friday. (Xinhua/Ju Peng)

The Fifth Session of the Tenth National People's Congress (NPC) holds its closing meeting in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, March 16, 2007. The Fifth Session of the Tenth NPC closed here Friday. (Xinhua/Ju Peng) Photo Gallery>>>

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    China's parliament endorses government work report

    BEIJING, March 16 (Xinhua) -- China's parliament, the National People's Congress (NPC), on Friday endorsed the government work report delivered by Premier Wen Jiabao that underlines the people's livelihood and sets the economic growth target at about 8 percent for this year.

    Premier Wen's report was approved with 2,862 votes from the 2,889 NPC deputies present at the closing meeting of the parliament's annual session.

    Wen said in the report that the most important task of the government this year is to promote sound and fast economic development, with the growth of gross domestic product (GDP) projected at 8 percent, lower than the staggering 10.7 percent in 2006, which analyst say would be conducive to healthy economic development in the country.

    China's top legislature adopts landmark property law

    BEIJING, March 16 (Xinhua) -- China's top legislature, the National People's Congress (NPC), adopted a landmark property law here Friday morning, granting equal protection to public and private properties.

    It only took less than a minute for the nearly 3,000 NPC lawmakers to pass the much-revised bill, which had gone through a lengthy legislation process of more than 13 years and a record seven readings, by an overwhelming majority as the NPC concluded its annual full session in the Great Hall of the People in downtown Beijing.

    China's parliament adopts corporate income tax law

    BEIJING, March 16 (Xinhua) -- China's parliament, the National People's Congress, adopted the corporate income tax law Friday morning with 2,826 votes for and 37 against, and 22 abstentions, a key signal of a phase-in end of superior treatments to foreign investors for two decades.

    The 60-article law was ratified by the lawmakers as they concluded their 11.5-day annual full session at the Great Hall of the People in downtown Beijing.

 

Editor: Wang Yan
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