How laws work in China: An illustration

I have a love-hate relationship with Chinese laws.


Notice of the General Office of the State Council on Issuing the Plan on the Division of Work among Departments to Implement the Several Opinions of the State Council on Further Doing a Good Job in the Utilization of Foreign Investment

(Translated title here, here and here.)

Law is a painfully slow buildup that first starts with the actual law, or intent for a law; followed by, in various orders, the implementing rules; opinions on issues about the law; circulars to clarify certain things about the law; notices for any of the above rules … it just goes on and on. The State Council (1) had opinions on doing something, then (2) made a plan about them, before finally (3) implementing them. And for some reason, all three of them had to be painstakingly included in the name of the final law.

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