China will stick to socialism as required by law: top legislator

22:04, January 25, 2011      

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China will stick to socialism as it is required by the socialist legal system with Chinese characteristics, top legislator Wu Bangguo has said.

Wu, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), made the remarks at a seminar Monday in Beijing on the establishment of China's socialist legal system.

Wu said China has established a comprehensive socialist legal system that governs all sectors of social life and provides a legal basis for the nation's economic and social construction.

The establishment of the socialist legal system with Chinese characteristics is of great importance, since the system is the legal basis for the nature of socialism of Chinese characteristics, he said.

The system ensures, legally and institutionally, that the Communist Party of China (CPC) will always be at the core of the leadership of the cause of socialism with Chinese characteristics, with state power in the hands of the people.

The system also guarantees national independence, state sovereignty, territorial integrity, national unity, social stability, the unity of ethnic groups, an independent foreign policy of peace, and adherence to a peaceful development path.

It makes sure China will always march on the road of socialism with Chinese characteristics, Wu said.

The system also ensures the right direction of China's reform and opening up and boosts the improvement of the socialist system.

It provides a legal basis for the thriving of socialism with Chinese characteristics by addressing problems concerning the fundamental and overall situation of China's development, Wu said.

He said that efforts shall be made to improve the socialist legal system over the long term, to meet the demands of a changing situation.

The top legislator also stressed that law must be strictly enforced, as problems in law enforcement have caused public concern.

As of 2010, a total of 236 national laws, more than 690 administrative regulations, and more than 8,600 local laws and regulations have been enacted, forming a multi-tier socialist legal system with Chinese characteristics, a significant achievement in the development of China's socialist legal system.

The NPC Standing Committee hosted the seminar, which more than 400 legislators, government officials and scholars attended.

Source:Xinhua
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