China’s local laws under scrutiny as Xi Jinping condemns ‘legislative slack’

President Xi Jinping has pledged to closely scrutinise local legislation to uphold “the integrity of national laws”, just five years after Beijing delegated lawmaking powers to more than 200 additional local legislatures.“Upholding the integrity of national laws is a serious political problem. Our country is a unitary state,” Xi said in an internal speech last November. The speech was published on Monday by the Communist Party’s flagship magazine Qiushi.While Xi hailed the 2015 amendment which…