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After 30 years, China's legal system fully formed

(People's Daily)

17:10, October 31, 2011

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

Beijing, Oct. 30 (PD Online) --The State Council's Information Office released a white paper titled "The Socialist System of Laws with Chinese Characteristics" at a press conference on Oct. 27. Xin Chunying, deputy director of the legislative affairs commission of the National People's Congress Standing Committee, made a brief introduction about the white paper.

The 20,000-word white paper consists of a preface, content and a conclusion. The preface briefly explains the establishment, composition and improvement of the socialist system of laws with Chinese characteristics.

Xin said that the establishment of a system of laws took many Western countries several hundred years, but China has built a relatively complete socialist system of laws with Chinese characteristics in merely 30 years.

The report noted that law has become an important means for Chinese citizens, legal persons and other organizations to settle disputes and differences. It also provides an important basis for the people's courts at all levels to safeguard the lawful rights and interests of citizens, legal persons and other organizations.

Legal system covers all aspects of society

According to the white paper, as of the end of August 2011, China had enacted 240 laws, including the current constitution, 706 administrative regulations and more than 8,600 local regulations. These laws and regulations cover all aspects of society and have formed a relatively complete and harmonious socialist system of laws with Chinese characteristics.


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