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Thursday, September 06, 2018, 10:11
China solicits public opinions on draft civil code
By Xinhua
Thursday, September 06, 2018, 10:11 By Xinhua

Li Zhanshu (center, rear), chairman of the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, speaks at the closing meeting of a bimonthly session of the 13th NPC Standing Committee in Beijing, capital of China, Aug 31, 2018. (LIU WEIBING / XINHUA)

BEIJING — China's top legislature on Wednesday published all six sections of a draft civil code online to solicit public opinions.

The draft civil code was published on the website of the National People's Congress (NPC), collecting opinions until Nov 3.

The second phase of formulating China's civil code is expected to run until 2020

The draft civil code was submitted to the top legislature for review at a bimonthly session of the NPC Standing Committee that ended Aug 31, beginning the second phase of formulating the country's long-expected civil code, which is expected to run until 2020.

READ MORE: China's top legislature wraps up bimonthly session

The six sections, namely provisions on property, contract, personality rights, marriage and family, inheritance, and torts, have responded to social concerns through several stipulations, including introducing a cooling-off period before filing for divorce and a provision on anti-sexual harassment measures.

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Four other draft laws and regulations, including the draft farmland occupation taxes law and a draft amendment to the criminal procedure law, have also been published on the website, soliciting public opinions until Oct 4. 

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