<b>China’s Top Legislature Convenes Bi-Monthly Session</b>

(Xinhua News Agency, April 24, 2017. Complete text:) Beijing - China’s top legislature convened its bi-monthly session on Monday [April 24], with legislators scheduled to consider several draft laws, amendments and reports.

Legislators continued to review the draft amendment to the surveying and mapping law, the draft amendment to the securities law, and the draft law on nuclear safety during the session of the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, which runs until Thursday.

Zhang Dejiang, chairman of the NPC Standing Committee, presided over the opening meeting.

Lawmakers considered revisions to the surveying and mapping law to protect geographic information security and raise public awareness of national territory.

The revisions deal with the use of safe, reliable technology and equipment, managing navigation and positioning reference stations and supervision of Internet mapping services.

According to the draft law, Internet map providers should use maps that are authorized in accordance with the law and protect the integrity of mapping data.

The amendments also suggest including raising awareness of national territory as part of the curricula of middle and primary schools.

Violators could face fines up to one million RMB (over $145,000) or have their business licenses revoked, and could face criminal charges. Foreign offenders could be deported.

The draft revision to the Standardization Law, the first since the law came into force in 1989, was given a first reading at the session.

The draft expands the scope of standards to cover sectors including agriculture, industry, services and social programs. Current standards only cover industrial products, construction and environmental protection.

The draft focuses on the technical requirements of health and safety, national and ecological security, as well as the basic need to manage society and the economy.

Reviewing the draft law on nuclear safety is also on the agenda. "Nuclear ...

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