The Chinese government is one of the most important actors in international affairs today. China’s global economic and diplomatic presence is challenging the earlier dominance by the Western powers. To thoroughly understand how the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has grown in power requires a careful analysis of its political system. What contribution has the political system and government activity made in respect to China’s economic transformation? What consequences will the economic modernisation and world-economic integration have on the political system? Is the political system able to adapt to changing economic, technological, and international conditions? Which potentials and risks will shape the mid-term development of the political system?
The book offers a differentiated understanding of the conditions, potentials and risks of the political development in China. It is based on a comprehensive of analysis of Chinese resources and gives readers the most current overview of international China research.
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2.5 Provincial- and municipal-level governments
In July 2015, the city government of Beijing announced that its administrative offices would be moved to the eastern district of Tongzhou. This plan is part of a closer coordination and integration of administrative services in the new urban area called Jing-Jin-Ji (“Jing” for Beijing, “Jin” for the provincial level city of Tianjin, and “Ji” for Hebei Province).
2.9.1 The nomenklatura system for senior cadres
2.8 Public finance
In May 2015, in an effort to prop up economic growth, MOF, PBOC and CSRC instructed the banks to maintain their support for LGFPs’ ongoing infrastructure projects.
In October 2014, the State Council defined new guidelines for dealing with local government debt. The new rules prohibit local governments from taking out further loans via financing platforms. In addition, local governments were also instructed to comply with the debt limits specified by the central government and to disclose all debts in their budgets.
2.3.5 Overlap between party and state bodies
In May 2015 the Party Politburo passed a “Provisional regulation on the work of party groups of CCP”. It is the first published document to confirm the leadership of these kinds of CCP groups in government and mass organisations, as well as economic, cultural and social groups.
2.11.3 Courts and judges
In March 2015, the General Office of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CCP) and the General Office of the State Council issued regulations against interference in judicial cases by officials (full texts: CN, CN, EN, EN). Judicial personnel are required to keep records of interference from officials and submit them to their superior judicial organ, as well as to the CCP's political and legal affairs commissions at the same level.
In February 2015 the Supreme People’s Court’s 4th Five Year Reform Plan was published (full text: CN, EN). It contains specific deadlines for judicial reforms, steps for greater transparency in a broad range of procedural areas and measures to cut back local protectionism. The Supreme People’s Court clearly rejected the notion of “Western style” judicial independence.