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China People's Congress

China weighs 'emergency' fast track for laws as Taiwan tensions mount

Revisions to Legislation Law would allow vote after just one meeting

Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the National People's Congress on March 5. (Photo by Yusuke Hinata)

BEIJING -- China's parliament on Wednesday began considering legislative changes that would slash the time needed to pass laws in emergencies, a move that observers see as preparing for scenarios like a conflict over Taiwan.

Proposed amendments to the Legislation Law would let the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress put bills to a vote after just one meeting during an "emergency," shortening a process that usually takes half a year or more.

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