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Briefs, March 13, 2013

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 13 March, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 13 March, 2013, 4:57am

Plea to retain Ministry of Health's name

Ninety CPPCC delegates from the health sector proposed that the Ministry of Health keep its name, despite being merged with the National Population and Family Planning Commission (NPFPC), Xinhua reported. The delegates said the overlapping functions of the two ministries should be merged, but it was unnecessary to change the name to the National Health and Family Planning Commission, as proposed on Sunday. Zhuang Pinghui

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Former Bo Xilai aide joins grain authority

Xu Ming, a top aide of Chongqing’s disgraced former party boss Bo Xilai, was appointed deputy director of the State Administration of Grain by the State Council yesterday, Xinhua reported. Xu was a member of Chongqing’s Communist Party standing committee until June and oversaw the city’s emerging hi-tech development zone. Staff Reporter

 

Top US general to visit his PLA counterpart

US Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman General Martin Dempsey, America’s highest-ranking military officer, will visit China next month, Xinhua reported. Staff Reporter

 

Navy commissions first new stealth frigate

China’s navy has commissioned a new type of stealth frigate. The country’s first Type 056 stealth frigate, formerly known simply as ship 582, was renamed Bengbu at a commission ceremony at a naval port in Zhejiang province, Xinhua reported. It will be used mainly for escort missions and anti-submarine operations and requires a crew just a third the size of its predecessor, the Type 053, Xinhua said. AFP

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