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China: New Energy Management Structure

(Apr. 2, 2008) On March 11, 2008, Hua Jianmin, Secretary-General of the State Council (Cabinet), announced that China will establish a National Energy Commission. The high-level consultation and coordination body is to integrate "energy management supervision and policies, functions that are currently dispersed among many government agencies." (Further on Hua Jianmin Announces Overhaul of Energy […]

China: “Super Ministries” Plan

(Apr. 2, 2008) On March 15, 2008, the People's Republic of China (PRC) National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislative body, passed the State Council's Institutional Reform Plan, under which five “super ministries” are created. (Shiyi jie Ren Da yici huiyi xuanju chansheng xin yijie guojia lingdaoren pizhun Guowuyuan jigou gaige fang'an, XINHUANET, Mar. 15, […]

China: Aviation Security

(Apr. 2, 2008) On March 14, 2008, the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China (CAAC) issued an announcement on measures to tighten passenger airline security. Under the new measures, passengers may no longer carry liquid products on board domestic scheduled flights; the items may be shipped as long as they are packed in conformity […]

China: Provisions on Permits for Weapons Research and Manufacture

(Apr. 2, 2008) On March 6, 2008, the State Council and the Central Military Commission issued the Regulations on Administration of Licensing for Weapons Research and Manufacture (Wuqi zhuangbei keyan shengchan xuke guanli tiaoli), which became effective on April 1, 2008. The Regulations' five chapters include general provisions, licensing procedures, administration of preservation of secrets, […]

China: Clearance of Administrative Regulations and Rules

(Mar. 2, 2008) The State Council of China issued the State Council Decision on Abolishing Some Administrative Regulations (Guowuyuan guanyu Feizhi Bufen Xingzheng Fagui de Jueding, the Decision) on January 23, 2008; it takes effect upon publication. According to the Decision, the State Council has reviewed all 655 administrative regulations it issued up to the […]

China: Law on Disabled to Be Amended

(Mar. 2, 2008) On February 26, 2008, the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress instituted discussion of draft amendments to the Law on the Protection of Disabled Persons, which entered in force on May 15, 1991. The proposed changes include: establishing and improving a system of rehabilitation services for the disabled; setting up educational […]

China: Water Pollution Prevention Law Amended

(Mar. 2, 2008) On February 28, 2008, the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress approved amendments to the Law on Prevention of Water Pollution. Under the revised Law, which enters into force on June 1, senior company executives may have up to half of their annual salary docked if they are found responsible for […]

China: White Paper on Rule of Law

(Mar. 2, 2008) On February 28, 2008, the State Council of the People's Republic of China (PRC) issued the country's first White Paper on the country's efforts to build the rule of law. "China's Efforts and Achievements in Promoting the Rule of Law" comprises eight chapters and an appendix listing the 229 currently effective laws […]

China: Legal Scholars Call for Ratification of ICCPR

(Feb. 2, 2008) On January 1, 2008, several legal scholars in China urged the State Council (Cabinet) to speed the process for the country's ratification of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) before the upcoming summer Olympic Games in Beijing, by submitting the document to the National People's Congress (NPC) before the […]

China; Israel: Cooperation Accord

(Feb. 2, 2008) On January 14, 2008, a memorandum of understanding was signed by Eli Yishi, Israel's Industry, Trade, and Labor Minister, and Chen Deming, his Chinese counterpart. The memorandum is designed to boost research cooperation and trade in agriculture, telecommunications, and water technology between the two countries. The ministers agreed, among other measures, to […]