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China mulls trial to limit administrative power


08:57, December 25, 2012

BEIJING, Dec. 24 (Xinhua) -- The top legislature is mulling a pilot reform program in south China's Guangdong Province to further limit administrative power by suspending or adjusting a list of governmental examination and approval items.

The list consists of 25 examination items set by national laws, including settings for special business entities, qualifications for health care facilities for work-related illnesses and architect registration.

The suspension or adjustment of local governmental examinations and approvals for such items must be authorized by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC).

Once adopted, Guangdong would be given special authorization to temporarily cancel administrative approval items or assign them to authorities at lower levels, Minister of Supervision Ma Wen said while briefing legislators at a bimonthly session of the NPC Standing Committee, which opened Monday.

It would also mark the first such decision made by the top legislature after the country declared that it has successfully established a socialist system of laws with Chinese characteristics in March 2011, as previous authorizations were often made to address the absence of major legislation.

Zhou Hanhua, an administrative law expert with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said the arrangement will help to legitimize the reforms.

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