China's legislature ends bimonthly session, adopts interpretation of articles of HK Basic Law   2011-08-26 23:22:42 FeedbackPrintRSS

 Wu Bangguo, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), speaks at the 22nd session of the 11th NPC Standing Committee in Beijing, capital of China, Aug. 26, 2011. The 22nd session of the 11th NPC Standing Committee concluded in Beijing on Friday. (Xinhua/Fan Rujun)

BEIJING, Aug. 26 (Xinhua) -- The National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, or China's top legislature, ended its bimonthly session on Friday, adopting an interpretation of several articles of the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).

Top legislator Wu Bangguo, who presided over Friday's closing meeting, said the interpretation was the first of its kind after the Basic Law of the HKSAR was implemented on July 1, 1997, the same day that Britain returned the region to China.

The interpretation stipulates that Hong Kong's laws concerning rules on state immunity must "be consistent with the rules or policies on state immunity that the central government has adopted."

The interpretation was derived from a lawsuit filed to the Court of Final Appeals of the HKSAR in May 2008.

In May 2008, the U.S.-registered FG Hemisphere Associates LLC commenced legal proceedings in a Hong Kong high court, seeking the execution of two international arbitral awards.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo was named as the defendant in the proceedings, while the China Railway Group, Ltd. was named as a co-defendant.

Congo claimed that it enjoys state immunity and that the courts of Hong Kong have no jurisdiction over the country.

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