The National People’s Congress is opening today. Zhang Yesui: This year we will focus on four aspects of legislation.
The two conferences of the newspaper reported that the second session of the 13th National People’s Congress held its first press conference yesterday. The spokesman of the conference, Zhang Yesui, answered questions from Chinese and foreign journalists on the agenda of the conference and issues related to the work of the National People’s Congress. Talking about legislation, diplomacy, and hotspots, in the past one and a half hours, Zhang Yesui answered 11 questions from Chinese and foreign journalists. According to reports, the conference will open on the morning of March 5 and close on the morning of March 15 for a period of 10 days and a half. There will be 8 agendas, and 4 plenary meetings and 13 press conferences will be held (see agenda for the agenda).
Talk about legislation: reviewing the draft foreign investment law
Zhang Yesui said that in 2019, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress will focus on four aspects of legislative work. This includes making efforts to formulate laws to deepen market-oriented reforms, expand high-level openness and urgently needed laws, accelerate safeguards and improve people’s livelihood, promote legislation in the field of ecological civilization construction, strengthen legislation in the field of national security and social governance, and improve the relevant legal systems of state institutions.
Regarding the draft foreign investment law to be considered by the conference, Zhang Yesui said that this is a fundamental change in China’s foreign investment management system, which will improve the openness, transparency and predictability of the investment environment, and provide more powerful support for the formation of a new open new pattern. Legal protection.
Regarding the protection of personal information that the public is concerned about, Zhang Yesui said that the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress has included the drafting of personal information protection law into the current legislative plan, and relevant departments are stepping up research and drafting, and strive to get early.
As for the topic of legal protection in artificial intelligence, he introduced that the National People’s Congress Standing Committee has included some legislative projects closely related to artificial intelligence, such as the Digital Security Law, the Personal Information Protection Law and the Revised Science and Technology Progress Law, in this session of the National People’s Congress. Five-year legislative planning.
Said diplomacy: the Sino-US joint and the two struggles are all hurt
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China Regarding Sino-US relations, Zhang Yesui said, “The facts fully prove that Sino-US cooperation is both good and bad, and cooperation is the best choice for both sides." For Sino-US economic and trade issues, he said that the economic and trade teams of China and the United States have carried out rich Intensive consultations on results have made important progress on many issues of common concern to both sides, and both countries and the international community have responded positively. “I hope that the two sides will continue to hold consultations and reach a mutually beneficial and win-win agreement."
Regarding the “One Belt, One Road" initiative, Zhang Yesui said that so far, the total number of countries and international organizations that have signed cooperation documents with China has reached 152. He introduced that in April this year, the second “One Belt, One Road" international cooperation summit forum will be held in Beijing. “This is an important opportunity to further build consensus and promote cooperation."
On the meeting between the leaders of the DPRK and the United States in Hanoi, Zhang Yesui said that he hopes that the DPRK and the United States will strengthen their convictions, remain patient, talk in the right direction, and talk about new developments. Maintaining peace and stability on the peninsula is in the interests of all parties. China will continue to make active efforts in its own way.
Hotspots: limited defense spending will not threaten other countries
The issue of national defense fees has always been a “hot spot" must-answer for the press conference of the National People’s Congress. In this regard, Zhang Yesui said that from a vertical perspective, since 2016, China’s national defense expenditure has dropped from double-digit growth for five consecutive years to a single digit. In horizontal comparison, China’s national defense expenditure accounted for about 1.3% of GDP in 2018. In the same period, the defense expenditures of some major developed countries accounted for more than 2%.
Zhang Yesui stressed that whether a country poses a military threat to other countries depends on the country’s foreign and defense policies, rather than on how much the country’s defense spending has increased. “China has always adhered to the path of peaceful development and implemented a defensive national defense policy. China’s limited defense spending is solely for the purpose of safeguarding the country’s sovereignty, security and territorial integrity and will not pose a threat to other countries."
Zhang Yesui said that this year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of New China. It is the key year for the successful completion of a well-off society. The upcoming Second Session of the 13th National People’s Congress is a major event in the country’s political life this year. The work of 2019 is of great significance. He said that the 13th National People’s Congress has 2,975 delegates and there are currently 2,956 reported to the General Assembly. Yesterday morning, the General Assembly held a preparatory meeting to pass the agenda of the meeting, elected a presidium of 176 people, and elected Wang Chen as the secretary-general.