Zhang Dejiang, chairman of the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress (NPC), presides over the first plenary meeting of the sixth session of the 12th NPC Standing Committee in Beijing, capital of China, Dec. 23, 2013. (Xinhua/Liu Weibing)
China deliberates adjusting one-child policy
BEIJING, Dec. 23 (Xinhua) -- A bill submitted to China's top legislature for deliberation aims to allow couples to have two children if either parent is an only child.
The State Council, China's cabinet, submitted the bill on adjusting and improving the family planning policy to the bi-monthly session of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), which runs from Monday through Saturday. Full story
China mulls abolition of reeducation through labor
BEIJING, Dec. 23 (Xinhua) -- The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) began reading a motion on abolition of the reeducation through labor system (laojiao) on Monday.
The State Council's decision on reeducation through labor was approved by the top legislature in 1957, establishing the "laojiao" system. Supplementary regulations were approved in 1979. Full story
China to revise law to make it easier to sue government
BEIJING, Dec. 23 (Xinhua) -- A draft amendment to the Administrative Procedure Law, submitted to China's top legislature for a first reading on Monday, should make it easier for citizens to take the government to court.
The Administrative Procedure Law, which went into effect in October 1990, is a major guarantee of citizens' rights to pursue the government through the courts, and this first revision to the law should alleviate "petition pressure". Full story
China to rationalize security at military facilities
BEIJING, Dec. 23 (Xinhua) -- A draft amendment to improve security at military facilities went on the table for its first reading by China's top legislature on Monday.
The bill, which expands the definition of military facilities to include border control, coast guard and temporary facilities for combat needs, was submitted to the bi-monthly session of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), which runs from Monday through Saturday. The bill also includes research, production, testing and storage facilities of major defense industry enterprises. Full story
China's rural education still lags behind: report
BEIJING, Dec. 23 (Xinhua) -- Despite covering the entire population, China's compulsory education fails many rural learners due to migration and putting salary ahead of knowledge, according to an official report.
The report, result of a law enforcement inspection of compulsory education, was delivered to the top legislature on Monday, and notes a relatively high middle school drop-out rate in underdeveloped central and western regions -- well over 10 percent in some remote, impoverished areas where ethnic minorities predominate. Full story
China to amend laws for admin procedure cuts
BEIJING, Dec. 23 (Xinhua) -- China's top legislature has started review of a motion to streamline business administration through changes to seven laws, exempting more items from central government approval.
Tabled by the State Council, China's Cabinet, the bill involves amendments of laws concerning administration of pharmaceuticals, customs procedures, fisheries, marine environment protection, metrology and the tobacco monopoly. Full story