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Information on the Press Conference of the Third Session of The 13th National People's Congress

2020/05/22

At a press conference on 21 May, Zhang Yesui, spokesperson of the Third Session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC), said that to improve and strengthen the legal framework for public health protection, the NPC Standing Committee plans to introduce or revise 17 pieces of legislation this year and next year, and update 13 laws in due course, with the following priorities:

The refined draft of the bio-security law will be deliberated on and adopted within this year.

The law on wild animal conservation will be revised and put to review in the second half of this year.

Revision to the law on animal epidemic prevention will be completed at an early date.

Revision to the frontier health and quarantine law will be accelerated.

A number of related laws including the laws on prevention and treatment of infectious diseases and on emergency response will be earnestly examined and revised accordingly.

Zhang noted that the origin of COVID-19 is a serious scientific issue and should be left to scientists and medical experts. Conclusions should be science-based and supported by facts and evidence. Trying to blame others in order to deflect attention on one's own problems is neither responsible nor moral. China will not accept any unwarranted lawsuit or demand for compensation.

When asked if foreign investors are leaving China, Zhang said that despite the impact of COVID-19 on foreign businesses operating in China, there's no flight of foreign capital. China remains an attractive destination for foreign investment. Foreign investors remain optimistic about China and as confident as ever in their long-term operation in China. COVID-19 will affect economic globalization in many ways with complicated implications. However, it will not reverse the historical process of economic globalization.

(The transcript of the press conference is available at: http://www.xinhuanet.com/politics/2020lh/zb/rdfbh/index.htm)

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