IP and Law
Posted by Joel Martinsen on Tuesday, March 14, 2006 at 3:58 PM
Should CCTV follow the American model and retire its anchors?
China's legislative advisory body, the CPPCC, closed yesterday after putting 4898 proposals on record. We can thank the 2280 members who worked so hard to submit these fine recommendations and to winnow the original 5030 proposals down to a more manageable number.
Or rather, we can thank the 1892 who bothered to show up. A total of 388 members were absent from the sessions, and only 220 of these had asked for a leave of absence, leaving 168 members who just skipped out on their sacred duties to the state. Zhang Yimou and Gong Li, off engineering China's next Oscar win, were the most public of these absences (they asked for permission, however).
Despite all of the clamor over major issues like condemning Taiwan, strengthening rural education, or reforming the property tax system, many of the the members who attend the annual sessions end up turning their attention to smaller issues. Last year, for example, the breakout proposal resulted in regulations prohibiting lip-synching in live concerts.
This year, prize for the strangest proposal goes to a recommendation to legislate gold-digging. OK, it's really a show of concern by sixteen delegates for Chinese women who find themselves married to foreign men who can no longer provide for them, and who have no financial means to return to China. The proposal would add provisions to current marriage law that would require foreign men to prove that they have a certain level of assets and income before being allowed to marry Chinese women.
Several more proposals of interest (some of these may be among the rejected 3%):
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