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China to speed up draft of anti-corruption law

China will develop national anti-corruption legislation as quickly as possible, the country's top legislator Zhang Dejiang has said. 10 Mar 2015

The development of an anti-corruption law follows a decision on the rule of law that was adopted by the Communist Party of China Central Committee in October 2014, which said that legislation should be introduced as soon as possible to improve the system of sanctions and prevention so that "officials dare not, cannot and do not want to be corrupt", Chinese state-run news agency Xinhua reported.

Harsher punishment may be imposed for embezzlement and corruption, Xinhua said.

Zhang said that the country will also revise the Law on Administrative Supervision, a framework for managing Chinese bureaucracy. Further revisions are expected to the Electoral Law for the National People's Congress and Local People's Congresses, the Organic Law of the Local People's Congresses and Local People's Governments, the Law on Deputies to the National People's Congress and Deputies to Local People's Congresses, and the Law on Administrative Review, Xinhua reported.

Legislation on social issues including domestic violence, traditional Chinese medicine, charity and food safety, plus cultural, educational and ecological issues will be pushed forward, Xinhua said.

A national security law, anti-terrorism law, law on the management of international NGOs in China, and a cyber-security law are all planned, Xinhua said.