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China's Political System

韩博天/主编

Rowman & Littlefield 出版社 2016.12

       中国已经上升为国际政治中最重要的成员之一。要想理解中国崛起,必须对其政治体制进行详细研究。究竟中国的政治体制对经济转型起了多大作用?经济现代化和融入世界经济对中国政治体制带来何种变化?在当今经济、技术、社会和国际大环境不断变化的时代,这种体制是否具有适应能力?

        本书由墨卡托中国研究中心总裁韩博天主编和主笔,15位研究人员共同撰写,历时两年,参阅了大量的中文文献和国际上最新的中国研究成果,力图从不同角度阐析中国政治发展的前提、潜力和风险。

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6.7 Public budgets: The role of local-government financing platforms

Leverage ratios of state owned enterprises asked to be cut

In the State Council’s guidelines for economic reform in 2017 leverage ratios of firms were asked to be reduced. The request is related to China’s ongoing attempt to reduce economy-wide leverage.

Source EN

2.5 Provincial- and municipal-level governments

CCP Central Committee and State Council announce plans to establish Xiong’an New Area

The plans were announced on April 1 as part of the overall regional integration of Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei (京津冀). The New Area will span the three counties of Xiongxian, Rongcheng, and Anxin in Hebei. Among other things, it will serve as an experiment for sustainable urban development.

Source EN, Source CN

New literature

Cheng Li and Lucy Xu. “The Rise of State-Owned Enterprise Executives in China’s Provincial Leadership.” February 21, 2017, China-US Focus.

1.4 Utilizing information and data from China

New supervision team to ensure accuracy of statistics

Following a string of events questioning official Chinese economic data, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has announced the establishment of a team to improve reliability of official data. The development has been complemented by increased efforts by the NBS to reform the rules and regulations for collecting statistics for the central government.

Source EN, Source CN

2.10.1 Regulation and law-making

Codification of Civil Law

On March 15, the National People’s Congress approved the general provisions of the Civil Code. The NPC Standing Committee is now tasked with amending a number of existing pieces of legislation and passing the entire code by 2020.

Source EN, Source CN

2.8 Public finance

Local government debt on the rise despite an increase in central government transfer payments

In March, the Ministry of Finance presented the budget report for 2016 and the draft for central and local budgets for the fiscal year 2017 at the annual NPC plenary session.

In 2016, the central government raised the ceiling for local government debt by 1.18 trillion CNY. Local government bonds issued to replace outstanding debt reached another record high of 4.9 trillion CNY. The value of such bonds issued over the past two years totaled 8.1 trillion CNY.

In 2017, central government transfer payments to local governments are projected to amount to 5.65 trillion CNY, up 7 percent over 2016. Additional funding is supposed to contribute to equalizing access to basic public services, financial subsidies to poor regions, and investments in helping local governments further strengthen areas of weakness.

Source EN, Source CN

Ministry of Finance announces deepening of tax reform in 2017

At the same occasion, the ministry presented a number of clues for the direction of tax reform in 2017. First of all, the trials to replace business tax with value added tax (VAT) will be expanded to all sectors. Furthermore, the government plans to develop resource taxes, piloting with water resource tax in more areas. Furthermore, they prepare the drafts of the tobacco leaf tax law, the tonnage tax law, and the tax law on farmland used for non-agricultural purposes.

Source EN, Source CN

2.6 Special Administrative Regions: Hong Kong and Macau

Carrie Lam selected as Hong Kong’s new Chief Executive

On March 26, Beijing-backed candidate Carrie Lam was selected by a 1,200-person election committee to become Hong Kong’s new Chief Executive. She received 777 votes. Her main opponent, former finance secretary John Tsang, received only 365 votes. Lam was widely expected to win the race.

Source EN, Source CN

2.6.1 Hong Kong’s economic role

State Council publishes plans for closer integration between Hong Kong and Macau and nine mainland provinces

Among others, the plans for the enlarged Greater Pearl River Delta Region include infrastructure projects as well as common market standards. Closer integration is supposed to mitigate rivalry between Hong Kong and southern metropolises such as Guangzhou on the one hand while tying the two SARs closer to the mainland on the other.

Source EN, Source CN

2.11.7 Judicial reform

The SPC issues White Paper on Judicial Reforms

On February 27, the SPC released a White Paper on Judicial Reforms and delivered a positive assessment of the reforms presided over by the SPC in the past three years.

Source EN, Source CN

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