The PRC State Council on October 29 released one of China's few comprehensive outlines of its views on and policies toward climate change. China released the white paper, China's Policies and Actions for Addressing Climate Change, before an international conference on climate change was held in Beijing last weekend and a United Nations conference on climate change is held in December.
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Following months of speculation, the PRC National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and Ministry of Health (MOH) on October 14 released a draft of the healthcare reform plan, which is available for comment until November 14.
US-China Business Council (USCBC) President John Frisbie visited China last week for advocacy meetings with senior PRC government officials before yesterday's US-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT), the US elections, and the fifth Strategic Economic Dialogue, which is due to be held in December.
Since China's Antimonopoly Law (AML) took effect August 1, it has generated substantial public interest, as well as some important initial tests. Two of the most recent AML-related developments are the dismissal of China's first AML case and the National Development and Reform Commission's (NDRC) completion of new regulations against monopoly pricing.
To prepare for the fifth round of the US-China Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED), which is scheduled to be held in Beijing in December, SED negotiators from the United States have begun preliminary discussions and agenda planning with their PRC counterparts.
Interest in fostering public-private partnerships between the United States and China in the area of energy and environmental technologies has grown in the past year.
The PRC Ministry of Finance (MOF) recently issued clarifications to China's current government procurement regime.
The State Council on August 12 issued a plan that signals key changes in the responsibilities of the Administration on Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine (AQSIQ), China's main import-export regulator, which is also in charge of monitoring related health, safety, and standards issues.
The National Energy Administration (NEA), the PRC's new energy regulator under the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), announced new roles and responsibilities last week, as part of the internal organization, or "three settings" (san ding), process.
The United States and China made incremental progress on consumer safety issues at the fourth SED on June 17-18 in Annapolis, Maryland, but no progress was made on troublesome market access issues for meat products.