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April 28,2015   By:Chinahumanrights.org

Oct. 30, 2013

China's top legislature planned to discuss 68 bills in the next five years, 11 of which are related to environmental issues.

The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), the country's national legislature, announced a five-year legislation plan Oct. 30, 2013.

A total of 47 bills are set to be discussed, including 33 draft amendments and 14 new laws, according to the plan.

Oct. 30, 2013

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Oct. 30, 2013 called for improved social assistance via legislation, as part of efforts to help people in strained circumstance, according to a cabinet statement.

The social assistance system plays a vital role in promoting market-oriented reform and social justice, as well as safeguarding people's rights to subsistence and dignity, according to a statement released after a State Council executive meeting presided over by the Premier.

China is dedicated to perfecting its social assistance system, which covers the sectors of minimum living allowances, disaster relief, medical treatment, unemployment, compulsory education, housing and temporary relief.

Li noted that China has made positive progress in social aid, asking relevant departments to transfer such successful practices into regulations or laws as soon as possible.

The meeting urged authorities to adjust the minimum social security standard in accordance with local economic development and commodity price fluctuations, and build a support system in order to help those who are unable to work to make a living both in urban and rural areas.

Oct. 28, 2013
 
Chinese leaders Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Zhang Dejiang, Yu Zhengsheng, Liu Yunshan, Wang Qishan, Zhang Gaoli attended the 11th National Women's Congress of China which opened at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, Oct. 28, 2013.

Chinese women were told at the opening of the 11th National Women's Congress to "hold up half the sky" in "the great practice of developing socialism with Chinese characteristics."

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