China to amend "martial law" clause in constitution to "state of emergency"
China will amend an article in its 1982 constitution on “martial law” and change the concept to “a state of emergency” in a move that will pave the wave for the promulgation of a state emergency law. The amendment was agreed to at a meeting of the ruling Communist Party in October and will be put before the National People’s Congress (NPC) during its annual session in March, the Oriental Outlook said. It will be one of three constitutional changes to be rubber-stamped during the NPC session, which is also slated to pass a landmark amendment offering constitutional protections to private property. Another amendment will bolster state ideology by enshrining the “Three Represents” political theories of former president Jiang Zemin. Full Story