CHINA has apparently introduced new standards to reduce the number of criminals it executes, BBC reported on Wednesday. The Supreme People's Court - the highest in China - has told lower courts to suspend death sentences for two years. But this should only happen in cases where there is no need for "immediate execution", the court said. China has introduced a number of measures over recent years to cut down the number of executions. This latest development appeared in the annual report of the supreme court. "Suspend the death sentence for two years for all cases that don't require immediate execution," read the report. The court does not say why some cases might need to be carried out immediately, although in the past the government has instructed judges to be more severe in cases that involved crimes it was targeting. Those benefiting from the changes will probably never be executed.