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China: Simplification of Administrative Procedures

(Nov. 2, 2007) On September 28, 2007, the State Council of the People's Republic of China issued a circular that cancels 128 administrative examination and approval procedures and amends 58 others, in a move to reduce government red tape. Among the 128 eliminated procedures are some of those listed, for example, in the Decision of […]

China: Law of Civil Procedure Amended

(Nov. 2, 2007) On October 28, 2007, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress passed amendments to China's Law of Civil Procedure, the first revision of the law since its adoption in 1991. Two of the key changes are to facilitate applications for a retrial and to increase the effectiveness of execution of judgments. […]

China: Implementation of Court Rulings

(Nov. 2, 2007) It was reported on September 26, 2007, that China's Supreme People's Court (SCP), Supreme People's Procuratorate (SPP), and Ministry of Public Security (MPS) recently jointly issued the Circular on Problems Related to Seriously Investigating and Punishing Criminal Acts of Refusing to Implement Judgments or Rulings and of Violently Resisting Court Enforcement. The […]

China: New Urban and Rural Planning Law

(Nov. 2, 2007) The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress adopted a new Law on Urban and Rural Planning on October 28, 2007. When it enters into effect on January 1, 2008, the current 1989 Urban Planning Law will be abolished. "Urban and rural planning" refers to city-town system planning, city planning, town planning, […]

China: Rural Healthcare Guidelines

(Nov. 2, 2007) On September 10, 2007, China's Ministries of Health and Finance and the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine jointly issued new guidelines on the management of the rural cooperatives' medical program, which was inaugurated in 2002. Under the existing scheme, the central and local governments contribute 40 yuan to an insurance fund […]

China: No Foreign On-Site Export Control Investigation

(Nov. 2, 2007) On September 11, 2007, China's Ministry of Commerce (MOC) issued a public announcement to reiterate that without the MOC's approval, "no enterprise or public institution registered in China shall promise to accept or accept any on-site interview or investigation concerning export control carried out by representatives of foreign governments." (Public Announcement No. […]