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  1. Law on rural land sales to be reviewed

    Posted Sep 10th 2008, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Josephine Ma in Beijing Amendment may allow farmers to trade rights to non-arable plots Mainland authorities will review the amendment of laws to give rural people more freedom to trade ... management law to allow the transfer of 'rural construction land'- meaning land not used for farming- including plots intended for township enterprises, community facilities and housing, ...

  2. Support urged for law to stop abuses in issuing of licences

    Posted Aug 30th 2003, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... A top lawmaking official yesterday made a plea for people to support a new law aimed at curtailing the ability of governments to issue unnecessary licences, saying it will cut down corruption cases substantially. Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Wang Yongqing, vice-minister of the Legislative Affairs Office of the State Council, said if the new law was successfully ...

  3. Monopoly law moves step closer to reality

    Posted Jun 26th 2006, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Josephine Ma in Beijing The National People's Congress Standing Committee has started the first reading of the controversial Anti-Monopoly Law which took 12 years to draft and sparked fears among foreign investors about access to the mainland market. However, a top law-drafting official from the State Council gave an assurance the law was only aimed at ensuring fair ...

  4. Mainlanders who break law face ban

    Posted Sep 08th 2003, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Three-year visa prohibition aims to limit the damage caused by illegal workers Mainland tourists caught working illegally or engaging in prostitution in Hong Kong would lose their right to apply for travel visas to the city for three years, mainland publi ...

  5. Property rights law being fine-tuned

    Posted Mar 09th 2006, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Josephine Ma in Beijing Chief drafter denies it has been shelved because of a backlash A contentious bill to define property rights will undergo further review in August, a top law drafter said yesterday, denying it had been shelved because of a conservative backlash. Yang Jingyu, chairman of the National People's Congress law committee, said he expected his department would ...

  6. Next HK chief needs to be a strong leader: Law drafter

    Posted Apr 16th 2005, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Josephine Ma in Beijing A mainland drafter of the Basic Law yesterday called on the next chief executive to get tough and establish a 'strong government'. Xu Chongde, one of the so-called 'Guardians of the Basic Law', told a seminar marking the 15th anniversary of the Basic Law that the new chief executive should learn a lesson from his predecessor and be a strong ...

  7. 'Unity' law seen as key to peace and stability

    Posted Mar 03rd 2005, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Josephine Ma in Beijing Anti-secession legislation will benefit cross-strait ties, says CPPCC spokesman Beijing's proposed anti-secession law will bring peace to the Taiwan Strait, Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference spokesman Wu Jianmin said yesterday. A former ambassador to France, Mr Wu rejected criticism that the law- expected to be passed ...

  8. Penal reform removes prisons' profit motive

    Posted Aug 13th 2003, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... profits and make big money while departing from their chief purpose - correction,' the minister said. China's prison law stipulates that all healthy prisoners must perform manual work. ...

  9. Fraud count was used 'to justify arrest of journalist'

    Posted Aug 26th 2006, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Josephine Ma in Beijing Zhao Yan's friends say lesser conviction is a face-saving measure for authorities The three-year sentence given to The New York Times journalist Zhao Yan on a fraud charge- although he was acquitted of leaking state secrets- h ...

  10. NPC lobbyist aims to bring more power to the people

    Posted Aug 14th 2006, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Josephine Ma in Beijing Election-law campaigner represents a new class of activist Xiong Wei is probably China's first parliamentary lobbyist with 'socialist characteristics'. Mr Xiong, native of a small city in Hubei province, drafted a rural election law that received more than 1,000 signatures from members of the almost 3,000-strong National People's ...




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