With just three days to go until China hosts its grand military parade, the country’s representatives briefed the media on the connection between world peace and the rule of law.
Professor Zhuo Zeyuan, deputy director of the Politics and Law department of the Party School of the Central Committee of the CPC, says the rule of law is important in maintaining world peace, following WWII.
“The country needs to be ruled by law, and so does the world,” Zhou said. “Just as the U.N. advocates, we should firmly oppose some countries’ moves that show they rule their country by law, but they don’t do so in global affairs, or otherwise.”
His statement came amid the adoption of a prisoner amnesty deal by the National People’s Congress. The amnesty deal, the eighth of its kind since 1949, will see thousands of war veterans as well as very old or young prisoners granted official pardons.
The amnesty reflects China’s tradition of respecting the elderly and caring for the young, and it is in line with the Criminal Law, which was amended in 2011 to allow leniency in the punishment of the elderly, according to Chu Huaizhi, professor at Peking University, who also serves as one of the government’s consultants on the amnesty deal.
“This amnesty is based on our country’s constitution and laws. The entire amnesty procedure will be applied according to the constitution and laws. I think this will be a model under China’s rule of law in the new era,” said Professor Zhuo.
Sept. 3 is known as Victory Day of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression. Along with the parade, there will be a series of other commemorative events, including a reception and an evening gala in Beijing. Foreign leaders and representatives have also been invited.