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China’s top legislature to open annual session

Updated: Mar 4,2017 12:30 PM     Xinhua

Fu Ying, spokesperson for the fifth session of China’s 12th National People’s Congress (NPC), speaks during a press conference on the session at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, March 4, 2017. The fifth session of the 12th NPC is scheduled to open in Beijing on March 5. [Photo/Xinhua]

BEIJING — The annual session of China’s top legislature, the National People’s Congress (NPC), is scheduled to open March 5 in Beijing, a spokesperson told a press conference on March 4.

The fifth session of the 12th NPC will conclude on March 15, said Fu Ying, spokeswoman for the session.

The press conference on the fifth session of China’s 12th National People’s Congress (NPC) is held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, March 4, 2017. The fifth session of the 12th NPC is scheduled to open in Beijing on March 5. [Photo/Xinhua]

A 169-member presidium for the session has been elected at a preparatory meeting. The presidium convened its first meeting on March 4 and adopted the session’s agenda, she said.

National lawmakers will deliberate six reports including the government work report, draft general provisions of civil law, and three bills concerning the election of deputies to the 13th NPC, according to Fu.

Fu Ying (R), spokesperson for the fifth session of China’s 12th National People’s Congress (NPC), arrives for a press conference on the session at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, March 4, 2017. The fifth session of the 12th NPC is scheduled to open in Beijing on March 5. [Photo/Xinhua]

The press conference on the fifth session of China’s 12th National People’s Congress (NPC) is held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, March 4, 2017. The fifth session of the 12th NPC is scheduled to open in Beijing on March 5. [Photo/Xinhua]

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