Implementation Outline for the Construction of a Rule of Law Society (2020-2025) [Excerpts]

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A rule of law society is the foundation for building a rule of law country, building a rule of law society is an important component part of realizing the modernization of the national governance system and governance capacity. Building a Socialist rule of law society with faith in the rule of law, fairness and justice, where rights are protected, which is law abiding and sincere, full of vitality, harmonious and orderly is an important step in strengthening the popular masses’ sense of gain, sense of happiness and sense of security. The 19th Party Congress has determined completing a social basis for the rule of law as one important objective in the basic realization of Socialist modernization by 2035, its importance is great, its influence is profound, tasks will be arduous. In order to accelerate the progress of constructing a rule of law society, this Outline is formulated.

I, General requirements

(1) Guiding ideology. Hold high the magnificent banner of Socialism with Chinese characteristics take Marxism-Leninism, Mao Zedong Thought, Deng Xiaoping Theory, the important “Three Represents” thought, the Scientific Development Concept, and Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese characteristics in a new era as guidance, comprehensively implement the spirit of the 19th Party Congress and the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Plenums of the 19thParty Congress, comprehensively implement Xi Jinping Thought on the rule of law, strengthen the “Four Consciousnesses”, uphold the “Four Self-Confidences”, ensure the “Two Safeguards”, unwaveringly march the path of Socialism with Chinese characteristics, persist in the integrated construction of a rule of law country, a rule of law government and a rule of law society, foster and practice the Socialist core value view, carry forward the Socialist rule of law spirit, build a Socialist rule of law culture, strengthen the vigour and initiative in all of society to strictly practice the rule of law, push all of society to respect the law, study the law, abide by the law and use the law, complete social fairness and justice rule of law protection structures, guarantee the people’s rights, raise society’s rule of law levels, and lay down a firm rule of law basis for the comprehensive construction of a Socialist rule of law country and realizing the Chinese Dream of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

(2) Main principles. Uphold the concentrated and uniform leadership of the Party; uphold the guiding position of the theory of Socialist rule of law with Chinese characteristics; uphold the centrality of the people; uphold respect for and the maintenance of the authority of the Constitution and the laws; uphold the quality of everyone in the face of the law; uphold the unity of rights and duties; uphold the integration of the rule of law, the rule of virtue and self-governance; and uphold the joint construction, joint governance and joint sharing of social governance.

(3) Overall objectives. By the end of 2025, the implementation of the “Eight Five” law popularization plan to be completed; rule of law concepts to have deeply penetrated people’s hearts, structures and standards in the social area to be more completed, clear achievements in the merger of requirements of the Socialist core value view with rule of law construction and social governance, the lawful rights and interests of citizens, legal persons and other organizations to be effectively protection, rule of law levels of social governance to increase clearly, creating a vivid picture of constructing a rule of law society that conforms to national circumstances, reflects the characteristics of the times, and satisfies the popular masses, and laying a firm basis for the basic completion of a rule of law society by 2013.


III, Completing structures and standards in the social area


(11) Advancing the construction of social sincerity. Accelerate the construction of the social credit system, and raise all of society’s sincerity awareness and credit levels. Complete corporate social responsibility laws and systems, strengthen corporate social responsibility awareness, stimulate enterprises to do operate in a sincere, trustworthy and lawful manner. Complete law compliance credit records of citizens and organizations, establish a uniform social credit coding system based on citizens’ identity document numbers and organizational codes. Perfect long-term mechanisms for sincerity construction, complete credit assessment systems covering all of society, establish and perfect punishment mechanisms for untrustworthiness. Establish credit recovery mechanisms and appeals structures in integration with reality. Strengthen sincerity construction in sectoral associations and chambers of commerce, perfect sincerity management and self-discipline mechanisms. Perfect the Nationwide Credit Information Sharing Platform and the National Enterprises Credit Publication System, further strengthen and standardize credit information collection and sharing. Strengthen propaganda and education on sincerity awareness, organize sincerity-themed practice activities, create a benign environment for the construction of the social credit system. Advance the publication of laws in the area of credit.


VI, Governing cyberspace according to the law

Cyberspace isn’t a land outside the law, promoting social governance to expand from actual society into cyberspace, establish and create comprehensive online governance systems, strengthen network management according to the law, network operations according to the law, and network use according to the law, comprehensively advance rule of law building in cyberspace, and create a clear and crisp cyberspace.

(22) Perfecting legal structures for the network. Promote the expansion of exising laws and regulations to cyberspace through a combination of legislation, reform, abolition and interpretation. Perfect laws and regulations in the area of online information services, revise the Internet information service management rules, research and formulate management rules for the credit information of gravely untrustworthy subjects in the Internet information services area, formulate and perfect standards and management rules for online streaming, self-media, Q&As in knowledge communities and other such new media business models as well as algorithmic recommendations, deep fakes and other such new technology applications. Perfect supplementary regulations and standard systems for the cybersecurity law, establish and complete cybersecurity management structures for critical information infrastructure security protection, data security management and cybersecurity review, etc., and expand guidance on standards for the research, development and application of big data, cloud computing, artificial intelligence and other such new technologies. Research and formulate the personal information protection law. Complete laws and regulations for intellectual property rights protection of innovative achievements in Internet technology, commercial models, big data, etc. Revise the law on the prevention of crime by minors, formulate regulations for the online protection of minors. Perfect cross-border e-commerce structures, standardize cross-border e-commerce operators’ activities. Vigorously participate in international norms and standard setting for the digital economy, e-commerce, information technology, cybersecurity and other such areas.

(23) Foster a benign online rule of law awareness. Uphold the integration of governing the network according to the law and enhancing the network through virtue, carry forward the main melody of the times and positive social energy. Strengthen and innovate Internet content construction, realize projects on the Socialist core value view, new media broadcasts on Chinese culture, etc. Enhance online media literacy, advance “blacklist” systems and punitive mechanisms against gravely untrustworthy conduct in the online information service area, and advance the institutionalization of line sincerity. Firmly attack the spread of rumours, obscenity, violence, superstition, heresy and other such harmful information in cyberspace according to the law, establish and complete an integrated system to receive and process reports about online violations of law and harmful information. Strengthen education on online literacy and online rule of law for the whole society, formulate guidelines for online literacy education. Strengthen cybersecurity education for youth, guide the youth to go online rationally. Deeply implement the China Good Netizen Project and the Network Public Interest Project, guide netizens in going online in a civilized manner, express themselves rationally, and create an online environment with a crisp atmosphere.

(24) Ensuring citizens use the web safely and according to the law. Firmly establish correct cybersecurity views, prevent cybersecurity risks according to the law. Implement cybersecurity responsibility systems, clarify the cybersecurity responsibilities of management departments and cybersecurity and informatization enterprises. Establish and perfect unified high-efficiency cybersecurity risk reporting mechanisms, research, judgment and handling mechanisms, and complete cybersecurity investigation structures. Strengthen the protection of lawful rights and interests in cyberspace concerning telecommunications secrecy, commercial secrets, personal privacy as well as reputation rights, property rights, etc. Strictly standardize the collection and use of user identities, telecommunications content and other such personal information activities, strengthen punishment of unlawful and illegal acts concerning the illegal acquisition, leaking, selling or provision of citizens’ personal information. Supervise cybersecurity and informatization enterprises in implementing their dominant responsibility, and implement security management responsibilities provided in laws. Complete emergency response mechanisms for sudden network and information incidents, and perfect cybersecurity and informatization joint law enforcement. Strengthen the construction of capabilities to control and punish online unlawful and criminal activities, investigate and prosecute unlawful and criminal activities such as criminal online finance, online slander, online fraud, online sex, attacks, intrusions, etc. Establish and complete information sharing mechanisms, vigorously participate in international attacks against unlawful and criminal activities online.














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