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China's Civil Code a landmark law to protect people's rights
  ·  2020-05-29  ·   Source: Xinhua News Agency

China's newly adopted Civil Code has once again demonstrated the country's strive for bettering people's life by rule of law.

As the first law defined as a "code" in the People's Republic of China, the Civil Code is a tangible legislation that offers concrete and effective responses to people's growing demands for a better life -- security, equality, dignity, and many others.

In addition to general and supplementary provisions, the Civil Code includes six parts on real rights, contracts, personality rights, marriage and family, inheritance, and tort liabilities.

Targeting the actual lives of the people, the Civil Code addresses modern fields that need regulation, including new problems emerging from urbanization, environment protection, the application of AI technologies and the development of the digital economy.

Further evidence of the Civil Code answering the people's call is its timely response to shortcomings identified during epidemic prevention and control. It offers support to comprehensively improving the effectiveness of law-based epidemic response and governance.

The drafting of the Civil Code also embodies a people-centered philosophy. While preparing the draft, the legislature sought public opinions on 10 occasions, receiving over 1 million online comments and suggestions.

The overwhelming approval of the Civil Code on May 28 at the annual session of the National People's Congress, China's top legislature, has demonstrated the wide public support for the law.

Using the Civil Code to protect 1.4 billion people's rights in every aspect of life will help modernize China's governance system and capacity, as the country is completing building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects.

The legislation also contributes to the global drive to protect people's rights, as the Civil Code provides a legislative reference on how to promote fairness, justice, dignity and each and every person's rights to pursue happiness. 
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