The powerful National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) is to see more of its powers stripped as China cuts away at red tape, Reuters reported, citing a State Council notice on Tuesday. The NDRC, a sprawling ministry with a huge swathe of duties ranging from cutting greenhouse gases to deciding energy prices, has long been under fire for resisting reform and for making heavy-handed interventions in the economy. The notice said the NDRC would no longer be responsible for issuing new coal production licenses. In total, 82 powers will be stripped from central government ministries.
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