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Policy digest: Recent policy moves in China

Updated: Oct 27,2020 08:59 AM    China Daily

SAR lawyers allowed to practice in nine cities

China has started a three-year pilot program to enable lawyers from Hong Kong and Macao to practice law in nine cities in Guangdong province.

Qualified lawyers from the two special administrative regions should take a professional qualification test before applying for a certificate to practice law in the nine cities, according to a guideline issued by the General Office of the State Council on Oct 22.

The 13th National People's Congress Standing Committee voted at its 21st session in August to authorize the State Council to carry out the pilot program in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area cities of Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Huizhou, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Jiangmen and Zhaoqing.

The move is part of the implementation of the outline development plan for the Bay Area and service trade agreements between the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong and Macao that were revised last year, the NPC Standing Committee said.

The guideline said certified lawyers from Hong Kong and Macao will be able to provide legal services related to mainland laws governing specific civil and commercial affairs in the nine cities.

Guidelines for physical, aesthetic instruction

Central authorities have issued two sets of guidelines on strengthening and improving physical and aesthetic education in schools.

The guidelines were issued by the general offices of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council and touch upon education reform, facilities and faculties, curriculum design, and institutional support.

The guidelines set goals that will see a marked improvement in physical and aesthetic education in schools by 2022, and diversified, modern, and high-quality physical and aesthetic education systems established by 2035.

Local governments have been urged to thoroughly implement the guidelines in accordance with conditions in the area.

As schools in rural areas have less developed facilities for physical and aesthetic education, the guidelines said that more capable rural primary and secondary schools will be encouraged to build their own venues for physical and aesthetic education and share the venues with nearby schools.

Small schools in rural areas should endeavor to establish facilities and classrooms for physical and aesthetic education, it said.