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Xi wants an army of lawyers — RT World News

Chinese president seeks to strengthen his country’s judicial system and train lawyers to engage in ‘international struggle’

Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for legal talents to be cultivated to engage in “international struggle” and resist sanctions, saying better lawyers and stronger foreign affairs legislation are needed.

Writing in the Communist Party’s main theoretical journal on Tuesday, Xi explained his view of a “Socialist rule of law with Chinese characteristics”, recommend reforms to China’s domestic legal system as well as ways to use the law to “international struggle”.

“[We] must follow the rule of prioritizing the most urgent tasks, strengthen the external affairs legislation, and further complete the laws and regulations against sanctions, interference and long-arm jurisdiction,” he said, also calling for “the construction of specialized legal teams.”

Xi wants an army of lawyers — RT World News

The President stressed that the world had “has entered a turbulent period”, adding that international competition is increasingly taking place at the level of “institutions, rules and laws”. For this reason, Beijing must strengthen its “overseas-related laws and regulations, improve the efficiency of overseas law enforcement and judicial affairs, and resolutely safeguard national sovereignty”, he said.

The United States, United Kingdom and European Union have each imposed sanctions on China for alleged rights abuses in Hong Kong and against Muslim minorities in its Xinjiang province – including Washington’s law on the Prevention of Uyghur Forced Labor, a law enacted in December that bans imports from the region. .

While Beijing has retaliated with its own sanctions, few countermeasures have been imposed at the legislative level, with the country’s first anti-sanctions law passed last summer. The law empowered authorities to seize the assets of entities that comply with foreign sanctions against China and punish those who refuse to cooperate with the government, including fines and deportation.

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