China will take this year “decisive steps” toward establishing a socialistic legal system with Chinese characteristics, top legislator Wu Bangguo said in Beijing Monday.  The National People’s Congress (NPC), or the top legislative body, will debate and adopt new laws that form the backbone of the legal system, and conduct a systematic examination of existing laws to revise or eliminate outdated or unsuitable articles , said Wu, chairman of the NPC Standing Committee.  NPC must improve the quality of legislation in accordance with the guiding principles of the 17th National Congress of Communist Party of China (CPC).  The CPC Central Committee has clearly set the goal of establishing a legal system of socialism with Chinese characteristics by 2010.     Source: Xinhua

BIIA Newsletter April 2009 Issue