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The 1978 Constitution of the People's Republic of China

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On 5 March 1978, the fifth National People's Congress (NPC) adopted at its first session the present constitution,1 This document is the fourth of its kind in the constitutional history of the People's Republic of China (PRC).2 The text has been drafted, according to the rapporteur on the revision of the (1975) Constitution, Marshal Yeh Chien-ying, "by the Committee for Revising the Constitution, headed by Chairman Hua Kuo-feng, and composed of all the comrades on the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China".3 The purpose of this article is to analyze this new fundamental law by comparing it to its immediate and more distant predecessors, and by trying to explain changes and additions in the light of the political struggles and policy changes of the past few years.

Affiliations: 1: Royal Netherlands Embassy at Peking, PRC


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