PREMIER Li Peng has urged central government cadres to cut red tape and make the administration more efficient. He delivered his instructions to officials yesterday at a working conference of the central Government. The meeting was presided over by Politburo member Hu Jintao and Secretary-General of the State Council, Luo Gan. Although Mr Li returned from an inspection in Jiangxi province on Sunday, he apparently did not attend yesterday's meeting in Zhongnanhai, according to Xinhua (the New China News Agency). The instruction, part of which was reported by Xinhua, reminded cadres to maintain their 'political integrity' as China made its great leap forward into a market economy. The State Council also said cadres should adopt a pragmatic working style. Efficiency could be raised by cutting down on meetings and conferences. Unnecessary competition between departments should be avoided, he reportedly said. Mr Li also said the anti-corruption campaign would continue. Cadres should set an example for their colleagues in the regions. Mr Luo, who was appointed chairman of the Beijing Planning and Construction Committee last week and replaced disgraced Beijing party boss Chen Xitong, urged cadres to rally behind Communist Party Secretary-General Jiang Zemin. Political integrity, Mr Luo said, meant 'staying in unity with the party's centre with Secretary Jiang as its core'. He also said there would be no relaxation in the strong anti-corruption drive and the cadres should do a much better job in stamping out graft. According to Xinhua, virtually all top government leaders have returned to Beijing after weeks of overseas visits and travels. In addition to President Jiang, who attended the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation leaders' summit in Osaka last week, National People's Congress chairman Qiao Shi returned from India yesterday. Vice-Premier Li Lanqing returned on Sunday after visiting six African countries.