Regulations on management of administrative divisions
(xíngzhèng qūhuà gu nl tiáolì )
The State Council, China’s Cabinet, has issued a regulation on the management of administrative divisions, which will take effect on Jan 1, 2019.
An administrative division is the basic unit of administrative management, and the regulation is of great significance to the modernization of governance.
According to the regulation, adjustment of citylevel administrative divisions should be approved by the State Council, and the adjustment of township-level administrative divisions should be approved by the provincial-level government and should be reported to the State Council.
The Ministry of Civil Affairs will update the application and review procedure of administrative division adjustment. Besides expert opinion, public opinion will also be taken into consideration in the process of raising the administrative level of a county to that of a city.
Any adjustment of the administrative divisions should serve the national development strategy.
Such adjustment should also focus on the integration of urban and rural development, promote the harmonious development of people and nature.
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