BEIJING — Legislators have refused to approve the controversial fuel tax law proposed by Premier Zhu Rongji, who hoped the law would give him the power to abolish the hundreds of toll levied by local officials on highway users and replace them with fuel taxes. The law originally was to take effect in January. Observers say the move highlights tensions between Beijing and regional authorities. The National People's Congress Standing Committee voted 77-6 for the legislation, but 78 were ...

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