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The General Principles of the Civil Law of the People's Republic of China (Chinese: 中华人民共和国民法通则) is a law in the PRC that was promulgated in 1986 and came into force on January 1, 1987. It is intended to create a consistent framework for civil law interpretation in the People's Republic of China and is heavily influenced by the German Civil Code. Unlike most civil law jurisdictions, the PRC does not have a comprehensive civil code, and attempts to create one have proven difficult and controversial.
It is the most important codification after the Chinese Cultural Revolution. It is significantly different from the French and German civil codes. It consists of 9 chapters and 156 articles. The chapters deal with the following topics:
It is the first systematic legislation after the foundation of the PRC.
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