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China's top lawmaker wants more public participation

Source:Xinhua Published: 2013-10-30 18:47:10

China's top legislator Zhang Dejiang on Wednesday pledged to increase ways for the public to play a bigger role in legislative work.

Zhang, chairman of the Standing Committee of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC), made the comments at a meeting on the committee's legislation work for next five years.

The meeting is usually held in the first year of the newly-elected NPC, the country's national legislature.

The NPC Standing Committee will also encourage NPC deputies to play a bigger role in legislation, Zhang said.

"We should improve the mechanism of consulting different parties when drafting and discussing bills," Zhang said. "We should try our best to build consensus and pool wisdom."

He also stressed that new circumstances in China and new expectations from the people have placed more requirements on legislation.

The NPC Standing Committee should base their work on the country's reality and people's needs, he said.

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