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Resource Profile: NPC Observer. Covering China’s National People’s Congress and its Standing Committee

NPC Observer is dedicated to improving the accessibility of China’s national legislature, the National People’s Congress (NPC) and its Standing Committee (NPCSC), to English readers across the globe and to helping them better understand the institution, through free, independent, and high-quality reporting, analysis, and original research.

The site covers NPC’s legislative activities and tracks the progress of each major bill, list the pertinent legislative information, and provide links to all publicly available drafts, explanatory documents, etc. For each NPCSC session, the site provides a brief rundown of the session’s legislative agenda, and a post-session recap summarizing any enacted bills.

Besides legislation, the site also covers the legislature’s other noteworthy activities. Lastly, the site maintains numerous resources on the NPC, including archives of the NPCSC’s publicly available work plans and its annual work reports to the NPC since 1980, as well as introductory materials on various aspects of the NPC’s institutions and work.

The site was founded by Changhao Wei in October 2016. He is a Fellow at the Paul Tsai China Center of Yale Law School, where he focuses on China’s legislative process and constitutional enforcement mechanisms. He holds a JD degree from Harvard Law School, and a bachelor’s degree in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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