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CHINA TO IMPLEMENT NEW ANTI-GRAFT LAW

China plans to enact specific legislation to fight corruption.

Zhang Dejiang, who is also the ruling Communist Party's third ranked leader, made the announcement at a full meeting of the National People's Congress.

He gave no details, and it is not clear how the new law will differ from existing laws which target things like bribery and embezzlement. The party generally conducts its own probes into corruption first before handing over suspects to prosecutors.

President Xi Jinping, who assumed office in 2013, has said that the problem is so serious it could affect the party's ability to maintain power. Other legislation planned includes laws on domestic violence, terror, the management of foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and on cyber-security, as well as an amendment to the air pollution law.

The anti-terror law, which would require tech firms to provide encryption keys and install backdoors granting law enforcement agents access for counterterrorism investigations, has drawn concern internationally, including in the United States. The proposed NGO law has also attracted criticism for the restrictions it seeks to impose.

 

The gLAWcal Team

LIBEAC project

(Source: Reuters)

Sunday, 8th March 2015

 

This news has been realized by gLAWcal—Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development in collaboration with the University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin, Italy and the University of Piemonte Orientale, Novara, Italy which are both beneficiaries of the European Union Research Executive Agency IRSES Project “Liberalism in Between Europe And China” (LIBEAC) coordinated by Aix-Marseille University (CEPERC). This work has been realized in the framework of Workpackages 4, coordinated by University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin, Italy.