Agenda

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Mon­day

• 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.

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