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    China intends to set December 4 as national Constitution Day as part of the efforts that would enable Chinese authorities to promote rule of law in the country.

    MOSCOW, October 27 (RIA Novosti) — China plans to set December 4 as national Constitution Day as part of its efforts to promote rule of law in the country, the director of the Legislative Affairs Commission of the NPC Standing Committee said.

    "Based on this [the need to realize rule of law], it is necessary for the NPC [National People's Congress] Standing Committee to set a national Constitution Day through legislative procedures," Li Shishi was quoted as saying by Xinhua news agency on Monday.

    According to Xinhua, a draft bill submitted during the ongoing session of the Standing Committee of the NPC stated that the Constitution was a top priority in advancing the rule of law and building a country under "the socialist rule of law”. The draft also states that no entity shall be above the law.

    China's current Constitution was adopted on December 4 in 1982, a version of the 1954 Constitution which put into practice centralization of the legislation.

    The Standing Committee, which holds bimonthly sessions, has the right to modify legislation within the NPC's limits, as well as legally interpret laws.

    China has recently been taking steps to advance the rule of law. Last week, the country’s leadership issued a statement approving ongoing investigations into corruption cases against several members of Chinese high society.

    The decision came after the fourth plenary session of China's Communist Party (CPC) Central Committee held last week.

    Since November 2012, it has punished over 480 officials on corruption charges. Over 182,000 party officials at various levels have been investigated. President Xi Jinping’s anti-graft campaign has seen the arrest of 32 leaders ranked vice minister or above out of approximately 5,000 Chinese officials with that status.

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