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China: Classified Memo on Foreign Journalists

(May 2, 2008) On March 30, 2008, the Paris-based media freedom organization Reports Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) (RSF) issued a press release making public a purportedly classified memo dating from 2007, obtained from Chinese sources, advising provincial-level officials on the behavior they should adopt towards foreign journalists before and during the Beijing Olympic Games. […]

China: New Visa Restrictions

(May 2, 2008) On May 6, 2008, China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) admitted that more restrictive visa requirements had been introduced: “[w]e have made some arrangements according to usual international practice. That is, in the approval process we are more strict and more serious with the procedure,” spokesman Qin Gang told reporters at a […]

China; New Zealand: Free Trade Agreement

(May 2, 2008) On April 7, 2008, New Zealand and China signed a free trade agreement (FTA). The FTA covers: • staggered removal of tariffs on 96% of New Zealand exports; • rules to determine products that qualify for tariff cuts, to counter unfair trade or unexpected surges in imported products; • provisions to facilitate […]

China: Supreme People’s Court 2008 Work Report Delivered

(Apr. 2, 2008) On March 10, 2008, Xiao Yang, President and Chief Justice of the Supreme People's Court of China (SPC) delivered the 2008 SPC Work Report to the First Session of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC). (Zuigao Renmin Fayuan Gongzuo Baogao, XINHUA, (last visited Apr. 3, 2008).) According to the Work Report, […]

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 […]