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China announces a major cabinet reshuffle plan

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The fourth plenary meeting of the first session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) is held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, March 13, 2018. (Xinhua/Yao Dawe/IANS)

China on Tuesday unveiled a massive cabinet reshuffle plan to make the government better-structured, more efficient and service-oriented….reports Asian Lite News

The fourth plenary meeting of the first session of the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC) is held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, March 13, 2018. (Xinhua/Yao Dawe/IANS)

The institutional reform plan of the State Council was submitted to the on-going first session of the 13th National People’s Congress for deliberation.

State Councilor Wang Yong briefed the lawmakers on the plan.

There will be 26 ministries and commissions of the State Council after the reshuffle. Among the new entities were the ministry of natural resources, ministry of veterans affairs and ministry of emergency management.

There will also be new administrations, such as an international development cooperation agency, a state immigration administration, and a banking and insurance regulatory commission.

Compared with the current setup of cabinet administrations, the number of ministerial-level entities is reduced by eight and that of vice-ministerial-level entities by seven.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (Xinhua/Xie Huanchi) (zkr)

Wang said the reform, focusing on institutional restructuring in key areas, will strengthen the government’s functions on economic management, market supervision, social management, public service and ecological and environmental protection.

“It focuses on the needs of development and meets the people’s expectations,” Wang said, adding that the restructuring forms part of a broader plan by the Communist Party of China to deepen the reform of the Party and state institutions.

He said the cabinet reshuffle deals with the institutional obstacles to help the market play a decisive role in resource allocation.

The reshuffle will also help China build a modern economy with high quality growth.