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Chinese judiciary vows "safe, stable" social environment ahead of CPC congress

Editor: Zhang Jianfeng 丨Xinhua

03-12-2017 10:15 BJT

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BEIJING, March 12 (Xinhua) -- China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) on Sunday vowed to create a "safe and stable" social environment for a key Communist Party of China (CPC) congress set to convene in Beijing in the second half of this year.

Chief Justice Zhou Qiang delivers a work report of the Supreme People

Chief Justice Zhou Qiang delivers a work report of the Supreme People's Court at the third plenary meeting of the fifth session of the 12th National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, March 12, 2017. (Xinhua/Li Tao)

"[We will] resolutely protect the nation's political security, in particular the security of the state power and the political system," according to a work report to be delivered by Chief Justice Zhou Qiang at a plenary meeting of the on-going annual session of the National People's Congress.

It promised to keep a firm hand on crimes undermining national security and on violent and terrorist crimes in accordance with the law.

Courts will also strike hard on severe criminal offences such as murder and robbery, and hand out due sentences for those involved in telecom and Internet fraud, in order to maintain social stability, the report said. ' It promised that the current anti-corruption momentum will not lose steam, and vowed to step up efforts in the administration of justice in major duty-related crime cases and in supporting pilot reforms in the national supervision system.

A separate report by the Supreme People's Procuratorate also pledged to severely punish infiltrating, subversive and sabotage activities by hostile forces, violent and terrorist crimes, ethnic separatist activities and religious extremist activities, to "safeguard security, protect stability and promote harmony."

Crimes involving Mafia-like gangs, guns, explosives, drug making and trafficking, women and children trafficking, as well as crimes undermining national defense and military interests will also face harsh penalties, it added.

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