| Highlights of Major Beijing－based Newspapers －－Mar. 15 |
Following are the highlights of major Beijing－based newspapers Friday:
－－ China's top lawmaker Li Peng Thursday reiterated the need to carry out the Law on Regional Autonomy of Ethnic Minorities.
－－ Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji will meet the press at the end of the annual session of the National People's Congress Friday.
The press conference will be broadcast live beginning 11:00 Friday morning by such media as China National Radio, China Radio International, China Central Television and Xinhuanet.
People's Daily （Overseas Edition）
－－ Carmen Sylvain, head of the visiting delegation of the Bureau of International Exhibitions （BIE）, expressed Thursday satisfaction with the presentations by Shanghai on its bid for hosting the World Expo in 2010.
－－ The annual sessions of the National People's Congress （NPC） and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference （CPPCC） have attracted wide interest and concern at home and abroad. More than 1,800 journalists from 1,200 media conduct comprehensive reports on the events.
Xinhua Daily Telegraph
－－ Li Peng, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, will visit Japan from April 2 to 9 at the invitation of Tamisuke Watanuki, speaker of House of Representatives and Yutaka Inoue, president of House of Councilors.
－－ NPC deputies and CPPCC members convey a common voice: it is a must to adhere to Deng Xiaoping Theory and the "three represent's," to realize the nation's future development.
China Daily （English）
－－ China's key legislative body is expected to come up with a preliminary draft of the nation's first civil code this summer.
－－ China Thursday applied to the World Trade Organization （WTO） to arrange talks with the United States on US tariffs on steel imports, according to Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Co－operation （MOFTEC）.
－－ NPC deputies urged to take effective measures to improved reform on higher education. Meanwhile, they called for timely legislation of copyright law and regulation.
－－ Over the period 1999－2001, Beijing added 55 million－sq m grassland and 860,000 mu （about 57,300 hectares） forest, increasing the city's green and forest coverage rate by 3.65 and 3.5 percent respectively.
－－ The Memorial Hall of the War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression, which located beside the Lugou Bridge in southwest Beijing, has launched a major publicity project to display two major exhibitions in living quarters across the city.