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Premier Li stresses cutting red tape

Updated: Jun 7,2014 1:59 PM     Xinhua

Premier Li Keqiang has urged authorities to adopt new mindsets to cut red tape and delegate power to lower levels to invigorate the market.

In an instruction to a meeting focused on reform in this area, Li acknowledged progress made since China’s new leadership took steps to streamline government functions over a year ago, and called for efforts to further unleash reform dividends.

His comments came just two days after a State Council meeting announced a decision to abolish or delegate 52 administrative approval processes to governments at lower levels, highlighting government determination to finetune the sector.

Calling administrative reform a heavy task, Li asked authorities to solve inherent problems to ensure steady progress in the area.

The meeting on June 4, attended by State Councilor Yang Jing, also concluded with a pledge to deepen administrative reforms related to economic growth, employment and business creation.

As part of efforts to allow the market to play a decisive role in resource allocation, the government report delivered by Li earlier this year pledged to abolish or delegate more than 200 administrative approvals in 2014.