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The Communist Party still runs the Chinese State, still controls the guns, the courts, the police, the military power,
So what? The bourgeoisie controls the Communist Party. Do you think that's it's name determines its class character? The ruling congress of China is composed almost entirely of multi-millionaires and billionaires. It is more of a plutocracy than the U.S.
That you assert with infinite respect for the shadows of power. The truth is that, though it has changed in its composition, it is still totally subordinate to the real power, as it always was, the power sorted out within the organs of the Chinese CP. The NPC is a mix of classes over which the CPC rules in Bonapartist fashion.
"In theory, the NPC is the highest organ of state power in China, and all four PRC constitutions have vested it with great lawmaking powers. Since the 1990s, the NPC has become a forum for mediating policy differences between different parts of the Party, the government, and groups of society. However, it is still reckoned as a rubber-stamp for decisions already made by the state's executive organs and the Communist Party of China.
One of its members, Hu Xiaoyan, told the BBC in 2009 that she has no power to help her constituents. She was quoted as saying, "As a parliamentary representative, I don't have any real power.""
"Powers and duties
The NPC has a collection of functions and powers, including electing the President of the People's Republic of China and approving the appointment of the Premier of the State Council as well as approving the work reports of top officials. The constitution of the National People's Congress provides for most of its power to be exercised on a day-to-day basis by its Standing Committee.
The drafting process of NPC legislation is governed by the Organic Law of the NPC (1982) and the NPC Procedural Rules (1989). It begins with a small group, often of outside experts, who begin a draft. Over time, this draft is considered by larger and larger groups, with an attempt made to maintain consensus at each step of the process. By the time the full NPC or NPCSC meets to consider the legislation, the major substantive elements of the draft legislation have largely been agreed to. However, minor wording changes to the draft are often made at this stage. The process ends with a formal vote by the Standing Committee of the NPC or by the NPC in a plenary session.
The NPC mainly exists to give legal sanction to decisions already made at the highest levels of the government.
However, it is not completely without influence.
It functions as a forum in which legislative proposals are drafted and debated with input from different parts of the government and outside technical experts.
However, there are a wide range of issues for which there is no consensus within the Party and over which different parts of the party or government have different opinions. Over these issues the NPC has often become a forum for debating ideas and for achieving consensus.
In practice, although the final votes on laws of the NPC often return a high affirmative vote, a great deal of legislative activity occurs in determining the content of the legislation to be voted on."
Just think about it - in the unlikely - impossible - event that the NPC tried to privatise state owned industrial enterprises or disband, interfere with, the state power possessed by the CPC, they would be seriously purged and become even more like a schoolboy council than they are already. e.g.
"A major bill often takes years to draft, and a bill sometimes will not be put before a final vote if there is significant opposition to the measure.
An example of this is the Property Law of the People's Republic of China which was withdrawn from the 2006 legislative agenda after objections that the law did not do enough to protect state property.
China's laws are usually submitted for approval after at most three reviews at the NPC Standing Committee. However, the debate of the Property Law has spanned nine years, receiving a record seven reviews at the NPC Standing Committee and stirring hot debates across the country. The long-awaited and highly contested Property Law was finally approved at the Fifth Session of the Tenth National People's Congress (NPC) on March 16. Among the 2,889 deputies attending the closing session, 2,799 voted for it, 52 against it, 37 abstained and one didn't vote."