Civil code takes step for­ward as NPC ap­proves first chap­ter

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - ByBy CAOCAOYINYIN in Bei­jing caoyin@caoyin@chi­nadaily.chi­nadaily.com.com.cn cn

Chi­naChina hashas made­made aa con­cretecon­crete step­step for­ward­for­ward inin com­pil­ing­com­pil­ing aa com­pre­hen­sive­com­pre­hen­sive civil­civil code­code toto bet­ter­bet­ter pro­tect­pro­tect cit­i­zens’cit­i­zens’ right­srights byby in­tro­ducing­in­tro­ducinga afun­da­men­tal­fun­da­men­tal civil­fun­da­men­tal­civillaw.law. TheThe Na­tion­alNa­tional Peo­ple’sPeo­ple’sCongress, Con­gress, thethe top­top leg­is­la­ture,leg­is­la­ture, adoptedadopted thethe Gen­er­alGen­er­alPro­vi­sion­sat Pro­vi­sion­s­the ofof thethe Civil­Civil LawLaw at the clos­ing­clos­ing ofof it­sits an­nu­alan­nual ple­nary­ple­nary ses­sions­es­sion ononWed­nes­day.Wed­nes­day.

TheThe Gen­er­alGen­eral Pro­vi­sions,Pro­vi­sions, which­which will­will take­take ef­f­ef­fec­tect onon Oc­tOct 1,1, will­will bebe thethe openingopen­ing chap­ter­chap­ter ofof aa civil­civil code­code planned­planned toto bebe en­act­e­de­n­acte­dinin2020.2020.

TheThe civil­civil code­code will­will in­cludein­clude in­di­vid­u­alin­di­vid­ual lawslaws thatthat­dealdeal­with­with prop­erty,prop­erty, con­tracts,con­tracts,tort­tortli­a­bil­ity, li­a­bil­ity, mar­riage­mar­riage an­dand in­her­i­tance,in­her­i­tance, ac­cordingac­cord­ing toto thethe leg­isla­tiveleg­isla­tive plan.plan.

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LIU ZHEN / CHINA NEWS SER­VICE

NPC deputies cast their votes at the clos­ing of their an­nual ple­nary ses­sion in the Great Hall of the Peo­ple on Wed­nes­day.

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