China Unveils Plans for Streamlined Government

China’s State Council has submitted widely-anticipated plans for the restructuring of several government agencies to the National People’s Congress. The seventh such initiative in the past 30 years, the new plan aims...

NPC May Establish Unified Food and Drug Agency

Among the most anticipated policy unveilings at the ongoing Two Sessions is the likely consolidation of some of China’s 27 ministries and countless lower-level government bodies. The State Administration for Radio, Film...

Defining Reform Under Xi Jinping (Updated)

With the annual session of the National People’s Congress now underway, observers are waiting to see how Xi Jinping, who will be sworn in as president at the end of the session, will deal with a number of issues...

Government Reform: Super-Size Me

The Economist reports on government efforts to increase efficiency by merging China’s multitude of bureaucratic bodies into  larger ministries, and concerns that these moves could prove unproductive: […]The...

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