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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 […]

China: Protocol to Child Rights Convention Ratified

(Jan. 3, 2008) China's National People's Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) adopted a decision on December 29, 2007, to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflicts. China signed the Protocol on March 15, 2001. The Optional Protocol entered into force on February […]

China: Decision Postpones Universal Suffrage in Hong Kong Again

(Jan. 2, 2008) While some news sources contend that Beijing's "nod to universal suffrage in 2017" is "a significant attempt to end the decades-long row over the pace of democratization" in Hong Kong as well as historic because "it is the first time Beijing has acknowledged the democratic process in electing a chief executive," others […]

China: Anti-Narcotics Law Adopted

(Jan. 2, 2008) On December 29, 2007, the National People's Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) adopted China's first anti-drug law, 71 articles long; it abrogates a December 28, 1990, NPCSC 16-article decision on the subject. The new law will be in force as of June 1, 2008. Narcotics are defined under the law as opium, marijuana, […]

China: Income Tax Law

(Jan. 2, 2008) The Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress adopted a decision to amend the Law on Individual Income Tax on December 29, 2007 (Quanguo Renmin Daibiao Dahui Changwu Weiyuanhui guanyu xiugai Zhonghua Renmin Gongheguo Geren suode shui fa de jueding, National People's Congress of the People's Republic of China Web site, Dec. […]