China Parliament To Approve Reshuffle, Streamlining

The annual CPPCC/NPC meetings open this week in Beijing, and are expected to usher in a scheme to reorganize the ministries and to promote several new top leaders. From Reuters:

On the cusp of a second five years as president and premier, Hu and Wen Jiabao are determined to strengthen the central government’s hand to ensure their policies of more balanced growth are carried out in the face of opposition from regional and industrial interests.

…The parliament will agree to a series of personnel changes in top government posts following a reshuffle of Party positions last October at a five-yearly meeting that bolstered Hu’s grip and saw Vice President Zeng Qinghong retire from his Party job.

Positions to be filled include at least one vice-president, four vice-premiers, the foreign policy state councillor and the defence minister, sources with ties to the leadership said.

See also “Non-Communists tipped for top posts” from China Daily.

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