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April 28,2015   By:Chinahumanrights.org

Oct. 25, 2013

China's top legislature Oct. 25, 2013 passed a revision to the law on consumer rights and interests, the first time since the legislation was adopted in 1993.

A total of 150 members of the Standing Committee of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC) voted for the bill while two opposed and one abstained at its bi-monthly session, which closed here Friday. The bill has been through three readings since April this year.

The revision, focused on better protecting the rights and interests of consumers, added regulations on online shopping and tightened liabilities of businesses.

Oct. 28, 2013

China's health watchdog vowed to set up a national network to monitor the impact of air pollution on human health within the coming three to five years.

The goal was revealed in a work plan on air pollution released by the National Health and Family Planning Commission on Oct. 28, 2013.

Under the plan, the network will gather data on the compositions of PM2.5, airborne particles measuring less than 2.5 microns in diameter, in different regions and the density changes of main air pollutants, which will provide data support for the analysis and evaluation of their impact on health.

Oct. 30, 2013

Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed the need to accelerate the country's housing security and supply to guarantee people's basic residential needs.

Presiding over a group study session of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee on Tuesday, Xi said that pushing the construction of the housing supply system is a solid project that benefits all people.

"Solving the housing issue is a long-term task," the president said. "China still faces problems such as insufficient affordable housing and imbalances in housing resources distribution."

Xi said future work will stick to market-oriented reform, and properly handle the roles of government and the market, economic and social functions of housing development, relations of necessity and possibility and the difference between housing security and welfare trap.

Meanwhile, he vowed, the government shall meet the basic housing needs of the group troubled by unadaptable labor skills, lack of job opportunities or low income.

Xi pointed out that the general scheme of building China's housing supply system is that the government realizes most of the basic needs while leaving other diversified demands for the market rules.

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