The Communist Party's leadership over the Army is highlighted in the proposed National Defence Law. The proposed legislation, being reviewed by delegates attending the National People's Conference, contains 12 chapters and 76 articles. It states the Army 'accepts the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party'. In the introduction, Defence Minister General Chi Haotian explains that although the preamble of the constitution has emphasised the leadership of the Communist Party, the special mention in the National Defence Law further reflects the 'unique character [of the Chinese Army] and the significance [of this principle]'. He urges the deputies to approve the law as it provided a legal basis and guidance for military construction. General Chi also said the legislation would help repair the military's image as it was frequently reported overseas that the People's Liberation Army had become a threat to China's neighbours. Another purpose for drafting the National Defence Law was to lay the foundation for other military laws, General Chi said. Furthermore, General Chi puts Communist Party General Secretary Jiang Zemin on a par with Chairman Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping , saying all three have made unique contributions to the PLA. He said the proposed law applied to all of China except Hong Kong and Macau. But he made clear the law not only applied in situations such as foreign invasion but domestic unrest as well. 'National defence does not just cover foreign invasion but any armed revolts and insurgence aimed to splitting the motherland, overthrowing the regime and socialist system,' General Chi said. He singled out Taiwan, saying legislation had special significance for the island because of the rise of independence movements. In the proposed legislation, it is stated the NPC is responsible for the declaration of war while the Central Military Commission commands the PLA and other military units including the People's Armed Police and national reserves. It also states that allocation for the military should grow at the same pace as the national economy. Any persons found to have assaulted, insulted or committed fraud against military personnel can be prosecuted on criminal charges under the proposed law.