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NPC official: Grassroots contact stations ensure all people contribute to legislative process
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Chinese President Xi Jinping has described China's political system as a "whole-process people's democracy". Our reporter Wu Guoxiu spoke with a senior National People's Congress official, to find out what that concept means and how it is put into practice.

WU GUOXIU CGTN Reporter "How can community, or grassroots-level contact stations help develop whole-process people's democracy?"

SUN ZHENPING Admin. Office Director, Legislative Affairs Commission, National People's Congress Standing Committee "The Legislative Affairs Commission of the NPC Standing Committee has set up 22 grassroots contact stations across the country. 31 provincial-level regions have set up 427 such stations. Cities with districts also set up 4,350 stations. People can take part in drafting, reviewing, evaluating, debating and implementing laws. Their opinions, whether they are for or against draft legislation, can be delivered unaltered to the legislature. The stations' functions are also expanding. At first, they were mainly about soliciting opinions on draft laws. Now, they also collect suggestions in the areas including law enforcement, judicial justice and legal awareness. The public also has opinions related to their own interests and life, some of which need to be forwarded to local Party committees, governments or relevant national organs. Our democracy is not an ornament; it should solve people's problems. So we should fully leverage the advantages of these contact stations."

WU GUOXIU CGTN Reporter "Can you give us some examples of how the people influence legislation in China?"

SUN ZHENPING Admin. Office Director, Legislative Affairs Commission, National People's Congress Standing Committee "There are a lot of such examples. Since July 2015, the Legislative Affairs Commission of the NPC Standing Committee has solicited public opinions on 126 draft laws and legislation plans through grassroots contact stations. We collected over 7,800 pieces of opinions and suggestions. Over 2,200 of them have been adopted and reflected in the legislation work. For example, in August 2020, when drafting the revision on the law on protecting minors, we solicited opinions via a grassroots contact station in Shanghai's Hongqiao district. Students from the High School Affiliated with East China University of Politics and Law shared their valuable thoughts. One of them named Li Junhao voiced concerns about a provision imposing a fine on guardians if they fail in their duties. Li worried that if the minor comes from a needy family the fine would make the child's life more difficult. His opinion was reasonable. We took it seriously and adjusted the clause. Many people supported this view when the draft was reviewed and adopted. So in our country, whether you're an adult or teenager, as long as you have opinions on the construction of the legal system, you can express them. It's fine."

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