THE new boom town of Pudong has become the only major area in China where the personnel and structure of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been pared down to the minimum. The Chinese media has reported that from the new year, Pudong, Shanghai's futuristic industrial park, will be run by the twin bodies of the Pudong CCP Working Committee and the Pudong Administrative Committee. Under these are 10 units which will take care of personnel, economic and administrative matters. It is understood that only one of the 10, the Party Commission of the New Area, will be a fully-fledged CCP unit. The Vice-Mayor of Shanghai, Mr Zhao Qizheng, has been appointed as head of the two ruling committees. Political analysts have described the development as a significant step forward for administrative reform. In every Chinese province or city, there is a labyrinthine CCP administrative structure that runs parallel - and gives instructions - to the provincial or municipal government. For example, the party committee of Shanghai, which is the city's highest organ of authority, has departments dealing with personnel, economics, propaganda, security and legal affairs. ''The Pudong new area will set up a slimmed-down, highly efficient working structure,'' Mr Zhao said over the weekend. ''We must be cautious and bold at the same time. We will be bold not only in innovations but in taking responsibility.'' Mr Zhao, 52, also said that Pudong would be run ''in accordance with the model of market economics''. He added that the Pudong administration would abide by the principle of ''small government, big society''. Earlier, Shanghai authorities had indicated that most business practices in Pudong would be ''rendered commensurate with the international norm'' within three years. Western diplomats in Shanghai, however, have reservations about whether party authorities in Pudong and Shanghai could be barred from ''interfering'' in the administration and business activities of the new zone. They pointed out that in theory as well as in practice, Pudong was still under the leadership of the Shanghai party committee, which is led by politburo member Mr Wu Bangguo. Moreover, Pudong authorities have yet to point out whether, as the country's radical reformists have suggested, factories and other business units in the zone can do without CCP cells.