18 January 2020

Some provinces said to eye bigger administrative role, CNR says

Seven Chinese provinces and cities are said to have approached the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) to explore the possibility of taking on some of the functions that are currently in the hands of Beijing, China National Radio reported Sunday. The list includes Tianjin city, Hebei, Shanxi, Shandong provinces and the Inner Mongolia autonomous region, it said. Some analysts have warned that speculators could be fueling such rumors, the report said, pointing to the recent property price surge in Baoding, a city in Hebei province.

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