Sweeping legal reforms will be presented to the upcoming National People's Congress next month, aimed at meeting World Trade Organisation (WTO) commitments as well as accelerating its march towards political reforms. The State Council is presenting bills amending a wide range of laws, including corporate, securities, commercial banking, foreign trade, statistical compilation, accounting, partnerships, income tax, labour, market pricing and postal delivery regulations. 'The upcoming NPC will not only set a new leadership in place, but will set China on a path to total reforms, even political reforms,' said Guang Anpin, a former senior official at the Ministry of Foreign Trade and the managing partner of Anpin & Partners, one of Beijing's largest commercial law firms. The 16th party congress, held in November, set the Communist Party on an irreversible course of becoming like a Western country, said Mr Guang. 'The party leadership set a goal of becoming like a Western developed country by 2010. They want to achieve a Westernised legal system and the laws promulgated at this upcoming congress will be the first step towards that end,' he said. The biggest change will be full recognition of private property rights. 'China's reforms in the end will be full-scale acceptance of private property,' said Mr Guang. 'And in the end, that will mean political reforms. The goal of the party is way beyond just meeting the requirements of the WTO.' Wang Guiguo, a law professor at Hong Kong's City University, said the NPC would amend as many as 1,000 individual laws this session to comply with the WTO. 'As a member, you must amend the laws so that it is in compliance with international practices and standards,' said Professor Wang. 'These international standards must be part of China's laws.' Amending the laws was only the first step, said Professor Wang. 'More important is how officials implement them.'