China to create new ministries, merge regulators in biggest overhaul in years

The State Council’s institutional Reform Plan was submitted to the 13th National People’s Congress for deliberations Tuesday. The number of ministries will be increased from 20 to 26.

Written by ZEESHAN SHAIKH | Beijing | Updated: March 14, 2018 5:30 am
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China on Tuesday ordered creation of six new ministries and merger of banking and insurance regulators as part of a government restructuring plan. It is one of the biggest reshuffles since President Jinping Xi came to power.

The State Council’s institutional Reform Plan was submitted to the 13th National People’s Congress for deliberations Tuesday.

The number of ministries will be increased from 20 to 26. The proposed ministries include that of natural resources, ecological environment, agriculture and rural areas, national health commission mission, veteran affairs, and emergency management. The ministries will absorb or eliminate existing agencies which had been regulating these areas “to provide them more teeth”.

The Ministry of Ecology and Environment will deal with the fight against pollution. The newly-formed Agriculture Ministry will get additional powers to address growing food supply concerns.

China Banking Regulatory Commission and the China Insurance Regulatory Commission will be merged. Rights have been granted to the Central Bank to write rules for the financial sector. The merger is aimed at resolving problems such as unclear responsibilities and cross-regulation.

“The reform, which aims to push forward the 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,” the draft plan says.

An International Development Cooperation Agency will be set up to formulate strategic guidelines, plans and policies on foreign aid and overseeing and evaluating their implementation.

National legislators are scheduled to vote on the draft plan on Saturday.

A state immigration administration under the Ministry of Public Security will also be set up. The proposed administration will be responsible for coordinating and formulating immigration policies and their implementation, border control, administering foreigners’ stay and the repatriation of illegal immigrants.

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  1. N
    Mar 14, 2018 at 4:49 am
    One of the greatest weakness of India as a nation is our weak and inept judiciary. Without quick resolution and justice, any nation will always remain as a third grader. We are ashamed, as a large number of cases are never solves during the lifetimes. Judges do not do their work properly even if they are short numbered, as they do not exercise their due powers even in trivial matters, to give justice right away. We were perhaps better as slaves of British as far as justice is concerned. Their system was legendary. Anyone guilty of serious crime such as murder in plainsight was hanged. They made lion and goat drink water from the same banks. All serious criminals roam as lions in our modern India.
    1. N
      Mar 14, 2018 at 4:36 am
      We will be reduced to economic slavery unless India brings necessary changes in its political system. People who are puppets, criminals, corrupt, inept, very old, and dedicated to dividing people must not be able to enter politics at all. China is mutating, taking away liberties, but liberating it's people of poverty. We are failing. India must reform it's democracy and bureaucracy. Developmental programs once initiated should be immune to politics.