context: The notice below demonstrates that central level authorities continue to be concerned about how directives and policy initiatives are being put into practice by provinces and localities. Not every local government received praise–indicating that problems in those not cited continue and may well lead to consequences soon.

State Council General Office issued ‘Notice on praising local government practices’, acknowledging, among other measures, the work permit system for foreigners launched by Beijing municipal government, the platform for attracting investment established in Tianjin Binhai New Area, and efforts to prevent pollution in Shanxi province.

130 practices in all were acknowledged, involving local government efforts in Shanghai, Chongqing, Hebei, Liaoning, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Anhui, Fujian, Jiangxi, Shandong, Hainan, Inner Mongolia and Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous regions. The praise was based on results of the fifth nationwide inspection by State Council, aimed at promoting implementation of major policies.

According to the Notice, local governments set examples in

  • preventing major risks
  • promoting targeted poverty reduction
  • targeting air pollution
  • enhancing administrative reform
  • promoting innovation-driven development
  • advancing high-level opening up
  • improving people’s livelihoods

State Council urged authorities at all levels to learn from those examples.