▌The Publicity Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China held a press conference on July 18 under the theme of “China in the past decade.” Mr. Tong Jianming, deputy secretary of Party leadership group and first deputy prosecutor general of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate attended the press conference. He introduced the progress and effect of legal supervision of the people’s procuratorates in the new era and answered the questions from the press. We will introduce the related procuratorial work in five sections:
▌The people’s procuratorates have thoroughly implemented Xi Jinping Thought on the Rule of Law, and actively exercised our four major functions in accordance with the law. We have provided a strong judicial guarantee for high-quality economic and social development. We have coordinated development and security, serving the overarching tasks of the Party and the country. The procuratorates have always regarded serving high-quality economic and social development as their fundamental mission. Adopting a holistic approach to national security, we have punished all types of criminal offenses in accordance with the law, and created a harmonious and stable social environment for economic and social development. From 2013 to June this year, 8.58 million criminal suspects were arrested and 14.9 million were prosecuted. Through continuous efforts, the Party has led the people in sustaining rapid economic development and long-term social stability. From 2013 to 2021, the number of people prosecuted for suspected serious violent crimes dropped from 108,000 to 59,000. The percentage of pre-prosecution custody made by procuratorial organs has dropped from 61.1% in 2013 to 32.7% in the first half of this year, marking notable judicial progress. Leveraging the procuratorial function, the procuratorates have actively created a law-based business environment. The punishment of economic crimes has been intensified. We have protected intellectual property rights in an all-round way by overseeing criminal, civil and administrative proceedings to serve innovation-driven development. We have also explored and carried out pilot reforms for enterprise compliance. Through both “lenient practice” and “strict regulation,” we worked to prevent the situation whereby “cases are handled but the businesses are shut down,” and a group of companies involved have transformed themselves and embarked on the track of operating in compliance with laws and regulations.