NPC spokesman out­lines na­tion’s stance on key is­sues

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - Two Sessions - CHINA DAILY

De­fense bud­get:

China will con­tinue to up­hold the prin­ci­ple of peace­ful de­vel­op­ment and will not threaten other na­tions with its mil­i­tary prow­ess.

China’s de­fense spend­ing is ac­tu­ally still lower than that of other ma­jor coun­tries, when look­ing at the de­fense bud­get’s share of GDP — na­tional fis­cal spend­ing — in per capita terms.

A coun­try’s na­tional de­fense needs to be de­vel­oped in step with its econ­omy and serve na­tional se­cu­rity and de­vel­op­ment in­ter­ests.

China, stick­ing to its own path, will nei­ther im­port other coun­tries’ models nor ex­port the Chi­nese model.

The 19th Na­tional Congress of the Com­mu­nist Party of China pointed out that so­cial­ism with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics has en­tered a new era, and in this new era, China’s diplo­macy aims to foster a new type of in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions and build a com­mu­nity of shared fu­ture for hu­mankind.

China pur­sues peace­ful de­vel­op­ment, and also an open­ing-up strat­egy for mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial out­comes.

China will speed up the im­ple­men­ta­tion of prop­erty tax leg­is­la­tion and aims to fully in­tro­duce law-based tax­a­tion re­form by 2020.

Ac­cel­er­ated ef­forts have been made to im­prove the draft of the prop­erty tax law and con­duct de­bate on im­por­tant is­sues.

Re­lated au­thor­i­ties will en­deavor to sub­mit the draft prop­erty tax law as soon as pos­si­ble.

The coun­try has now is­sued six dif­fer­ent tax laws re­lated to en­viThe ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion, to­bacco and ves­sel ton­nage.

An ad­di­tional three tax laws on farm­land con­ver­sion, ve­hi­cle pur­chases, and re­sources are ex­pected to be is­sued this year.

The NPC Stand­ing Com­mit­tee will con­tinue to fo­cus on en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion ef­forts and plans to is­sue laws on the preven­tion and han­dling of soil pol­lu­tion, and amend the law on solid waste pol­lu­tion.

The com­mit­tee will also launch in­spec­tion tours to check the en­force­ment of the laws on air pol­lu­tion and marine en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion.

The na­tion has made great progress in en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion since the 18th Na­tional Congress of the Com­mu­nist Party of China in 2012, achieve­ments that are both vis­i­ble and re­mark­able.

Re­form of China’s su­per­vi­sory sys­tem is aimed at en­hanc­ing the Party’s uni­fied lead­er­ship of an­ti­cor­rup­tion cam­paigns, and cov­ers all State func­tionar­ies.

The re­form is es­sen­tial for China’s re­form of po­lit­i­cal in­sti­tu­tions.

Shar­ing of­fices and staff with Party dis­ci­plinary in­spec­tors, su­per­vi­sory com­mis­sions are anti-graft in­sti­tu­tions with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics, while the draft su­per­vi­sion law, to be sub­mit­ted for its third read­ing at the cur­rent NPC ses­sion, is an anti­graft law.

The 12th NPC Stand­ing Com­mit­tee had at­ten­tively stud­ied and in­cor­po­rated opin­ions and sug­ges­tions from var­i­ous sec­tors, while the draft su­per­vi­sion law has had two read­ings and has been pub­lished in order to so­licit pub­lic opinion.

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