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Deputy Strives to Strengthen NPC's Role of Budgetary Supervision
   2016-03-03 06:02:41    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Xu Leiying

Zhao Dongling, a deputy from north China's Shandong Province, attends the first session of the 12th National People's Congress in March, 2013. [File Photo: CFP]

Zhao Dongling, a deputy to the National People's Congress, says she will submit a motion calling for the establishment of a special budget committee with China's top legislature.

Zhao, a deputy from north China's Shandong Province made the announcement while taking interview with the Beijing News, just three days before the fourth session of the 12th NPC to kick off.

So far, there are nine special committees with the National People's Congress. But none of them are specialized in budget. China has only set up the Budgetary Affairs Commission under the NPC Standing Committee.

Zhao and several scholars in this field advocate the establishment of a special budget committee because they believe it will strengthen the top legislature's role of budgetary supervision. 

Zhao, an award-winning screenwriter, won a national recognition by initiating bold proposals in the past sessions of the National People's Congress.

In 2013, along with 31 other deputies, she initiated a bold motion to deprive the State Council, China's highest administrative body, of the power to impose taxes at its own discretion.

The motion titled "Terminate Authorizing the State Council to Formulate Interim Provisions or Regulations on Taxation" claimed that taxes must be collected by the People's Congress.

It brought national attention to the issue of statutory taxation or law-based taxation.

Later that year, the ruling Communist Party of China pledged that it would "implement the principle of statutory taxation", which means that types of taxes collected by the governments, to whom the taxes are collected and tax rates will all be decided by laws enacted by the top legislature.

Last year, Fu Ying, spokeswoman for the third session of the 12th National People's Congress, announced that China aims at fully implementing law-based taxation by 2020.



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