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Socialist system of laws with Chinese characteristics established by 2010: white paper

(Xinhua)

13:18, October 27, 2011

BEIJING, Oct. 27 (Xinhua) -- China has put in place a socialist legal system of laws with Chinese characteristics by the end of 2010, says a white paper issued by the Chinese government Thursday.

The system of laws is based on the conditions and reality of China, meets the needs of reform, opening up and the socialist modernization drive, and reflects the will of the Communist Party of China(CPC) and the Chinese people, says the white paper titled "the Socialist System of Laws with Chinese Characteristics."

Headed by the Constitution, with laws related to the Constitution, civil and commercial laws and several other branches as the mainstay,the system of laws also consists of laws, administrative regulations, local regulations and other tiers of legal provisions, says the white paper.

It says the establishment of the socialist legal system of laws is an important milestone in China's development of socialist democracy and the legal system.

By the end of August 2011, the Chinese legislature had enacted 240 effective laws including the current Constitution, 706 administrative regulations, and over 8,600 local regulations, according to the white paper.

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