A deeper study of Xi Jinping Thought on the Rule of Law and promotion of the spirit of the Constitution is the theme of the weeklong Constitution publicity campaign, running from Nov 30 to Dec 6, said Minister of Justice Tang Yijun at a press conference held by the State Council Information Office on Dec 4.
Tang, also the deputy director of the Office of the Commission for Overall Law-based Governance of the CPC Central Committee, said the thought represents the latest achievement in adapting Marxist theories on the rule of law to the Chinese context. Efforts should be made to deeply understand the theoretical and practical significance of the thought and to take it as the fundamental guideline for advancing overall law-based governance in China.
Tang also outlined efforts on three fronts to promote the understanding and implementation of the thought. As a priority, leading officials need to take the initiative to develop a good grasp of it and act on it while improving their capacity of legal thinking and law-based governance. Schools also need to incorporate the thought in curricula and guide young people to stay on the path of the socialist rule of law with Chinese characteristics. Diverse methods such as the use of new media platforms and law-themed parks need to be applied to effectively raise public awareness of the thought. The third priority is to focus on putting the thought into practice and constantly improving people's literacy in law so as to make the rule of law a consensual basic norm of society.
While recognizing the great strides in the law publicity campaign over 35 years, Tang said more efforts are necessary to ensure the campaign is goal-orientated and systematically give more priority to young people.
At the press conference Tang also expounded on the mainland's judicial cooperation with Hong Kong and Macao, such as strengthened exchanges among professionals and efforts to provide legal guarantees for the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.
Tang pointed out that this year marks the 20th anniversary of the Arrangement Concerning Mutual Enforcement of Arbitral Awards Between the Mainland and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region coming into effect, adding that the overall system of mutual judicial assistance between the two sides has enriched the principle of "one country, two systems".
Integrated and concerted efforts will be made to promote the publicity of the Civil Code, which will take effect on Jan 1 next year, said Tang. An awareness campaign entitled "Better lives with the Civil Code" will make full use of various forms of media including newspapers, websites, microblog and WeChat to effectively reach all kinds of users and enable the public to have a deeper understanding of the new law. A milestone in developing the socialist legal system with Chinese characteristics, the new law will better protect people's rights and interests.