• 9 am: Opening of first session of 13th National People’s Congress, the top legislature. Premier Li Keqiang set to deliver the Government Work Report. Legislators expected to review a draft amendment to the Constitution.
• 3 pm: NPC and CPPCC group discussions of Government Work Report. ratorate; and leaders of an upcoming national supervisory commission.
Zhang said the principle underlying constitutional amendments should be upholding the leadership of the Communist Party of China and reflecting the will of the people. Any amendments must follow due process, be based on broad consensus and ensure the Constitution’s consistency, stability and authority, he said.
The first Constitution of the People’s Republic of China was adopted in 1954. The current Constitution has been in place since 1982 and has been amended four times — in 1988, 1993, 1999 and 2004.
Responding to a question on the proposed revision to a clause concerning the president’s term of office, Zhang said the CPC Constitution does not stipulate that the general secretary of the CPC Central Committee and the chairperson of the CPC Central Military Commission shall not serve more than two consecutive terms. The nation’s Constitution has no such stipulation on chairperson of the CMC either, he said.
Making the constitutional provision concerning the president conform with the aforementioned practices is conducive to safeguarding the authority and the centralized and unified leadership of the CPC Central Committee with Xi Jinping at the core, and to strengthening and improving China’s leadership system, he said.