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4 Harmonising Local Laws with the Central Legislation

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People may wonder how local laws come into being and what role they play in the development of the whole Chinese legal system in the direction of the rule of law. The quality of local legislation is still a big concern at present and in the future, and many of the remaining issues are related to it. The NPC has now stressed the importance of legislation quality and regarded it as "a focal point" (zhongdian). Local law-makers should also give top priority to improving the quality of legislation. It is essential for local legislation to have a normative procedure to follow. Some provinces, such as Guangdong and Liaoning, have adopted local legislative procedures in line with the central legislation law. Strict compliance with such procedures will no doubt greatly improve the quality of local legislation so that localism as well as inconstancy can be minimised.

Keywords: central legislation law; local laws; zhongdian

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