BEIJING: President Jiang Zemin and Premier Li Peng have approved a 10-point law which makes state radio management committees the only bodies with authority to allocate radio frequencies, the China Daily reported yesterday. Telecommunications, mobile communications, radio and television, radar navigation, remote sensing and remote control, and radio astronomy were covered by the new regulations, the newspaper said. Radio stations must obtain approval from the committees and observe the rules. It quoted Posts and Telecommunications Minister Wu Jichuan as urging the banning of all unapproved stations and frequencies. A nationwide increase in the number of radio stations, and pager and telephone systems appeared to have convinced the government of the need to strengthen its grip over the ill-regulated sector, political analysts said. By the end of last year, about 2.5 million radio stations were operating in China and the number of mobile telephones surpassed 460,000 in August this year, the newspaper said. The radio paging network was still more extensive, with more than six million users, ranking China third in the world after the United States and Japan, Mr Wu said. The latest move follows an order last month that all cordless phones, pagers and similar electronic devices must be registered and that all related ventures must obtain new government approval. Earlier last month, Beijing reasserted a widely ignored ban on the use of satellite dishes by individuals and businesses who have been able to tune into channels such as the BBC World Service and MTV. The state-run press has argued against the sector's deregulation on the grounds of national security and has called telecommunications the country's ''nerve system''.