Chinese Government

The Son also Rises: nepotism doesn't disappear in China, it just gets a promotion

Jiang Zhongyong, the 29-year-old deputy county chief in Jieyang

Throughout Chinese history, the expression ya nei originally meant palace guards but later referred generally to children of government officials. In traditional Chinese opera and drama, they are immortalised as the worst of the worst - vile, violent and corrupt. Dressed in silk and drooped in gold, ya nei roamed the streets, beating people for no particular reason or kidnapping young girls and forcing them to become concubines. They usually escape punishment thanks to their powerful fathers and relatives.

Monday, 13 May, 2013, 5:47am 4 comments

Anti-corruption drive targets off-budget spending

Li Keqiang

Premier Li Keqiang told the State Council's first meeting on fighting corruption that curbs would be gradually introduced at all levels of government to curb off-budget spending.

27 Mar 2013 - 5:31am

China's government restructure won't succeed without limits on state power

China's Vice Premier Ma Kai. Photo: Reuters

Compared with the six previous overhauls of China's ministries, the reform this time appears to be more low-profile and pragmatic. Also absent were the fierce ideological debates of the past, on the relationship between government and market, big or small government, institutional reform versus systemic reform, and the ills of bureaucratic thinking.

21 Mar 2013 - 2:50am

After words, time for action

Newly-elected Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang. Photo: AFP

China's leadership has a new face and a changed style. The once-a-decade transition of power finally complete, President Xi Jinping yesterday articulated his vision and Premier Li Keqiang mapped out plans. Innovative policies have been promised and pledges made for a cleaner, more responsive, government. Pragmatism abounds; that is the only way it can be for the world's most populous country and the second-largest economy, where challenges at home and abroad are many.

18 Mar 2013 - 1:41am 1 comment

Former Shandong governor Jiang Daming is head of land and resources

He has been a top leader in Shandong, a big base for agricultural production and marine industry, since 1998, when he was transferred from the central committee of the Communist Youth League to the province's Communist Party committee.

17 Mar 2013 - 7:01am

Li Bin brings rich experience to health and family planning commission

Li Bin

Minister in charge of the newly established Health and Family Planning Commission Li Bin yesterday said she was well aware of the importance of her job, but shed little light on how she was going to address the two tricky issues of health-care reform and the controversial birth control policies.

17 Mar 2013 - 6:38am

Rare pick from within as Gao Hucheng gets key economic job

Gao Hucheng. Photo: Reuters

The 61-year-old, fluent French speaker, faces tough challenges after the country's trade growth missed the official target last year and turned in its worst performance since the global financial crisis.

17 Mar 2013 - 7:01am

Ex-wealth fund guru Lou Jiwei to be finance minister

Lou Jiwei. Photo: Bloomberg

Lou, known for his reformist outlook and preference for a market-oriented economy, was a deputy finance minister for 10 years before becoming head of China Investment Corp (CIC), the mainland's sovereign wealth fund, in 2007. His career has now turned a full circle with his appointment as finance minister.

17 Mar 2013 - 7:01am

Xu Shaoshi is director of National Development and Reform Commission

Xu Shaoshi

Xu Shaoshi, a former minister of land and resources and a protégé of former premier Wen Jiabao , has been appointed director of the powerful National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the top economic planning agency.

17 Mar 2013 - 7:01am

Defence post seen as consolation prize for Chang Wanquan

Newly-elected Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan. Photo: AFP

General Chang Wanquan will become the public face of the People's Liberation Army and lead its diplomatic efforts after he was named a state councillor and Minister of National Defence yesterday.

17 Mar 2013 - 7:01am

Unwieldy agency name speaks volumes about Beijing's bloat

The State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (Sarft) and the General Administration of Press and Publications (GAPP) are merged into State General Administration of Press, Publications, Radio, Film and Television. Photo: Xinhua

The cumbersome, 14-character name initially announced last week for the mainland's new press and broadcasting administration, was widely criticised, with detractors quickly seizing upon its length as a metaphor for the bloated bureaucracy.

17 Mar 2013 - 2:21am 1 comment

China's scandal-hit railways ministry to be axed in government revamp

The Railway Ministry in Beijing. Photo: Simon Song

The ministry, which survived the last cabinet overhaul in 2008 only to become mired in scandal, would have its responsibilities split between the Transport Ministry and a new China Railways Corporation, State Council secretary general Ma Kai told the National People's Congress in Beijing.

11 Mar 2013 - 8:29am

Merger of media regulator and censor, but no culture super-ministry

Ma read out the report on the Cabinet's plan to streamline government ministries, creating a super-agency to regulate the media and realigning other bureaucracies in a bid to boost efficiency. Photo: AP

The proposal, made yesterday for consideration by the National People's Congress, would see the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) combine with the General Administration of Press and Publication (GAPP) to create a new broadcast and press administration.

11 Mar 2013 - 6:06am

Railways operator will no longer be its own regulator

The gate to the Railways Ministry (background) remains open, for now, but the ministry faces dissolution. Photo: Simon Song

Under the proposal released by the State Council yesterday, day-to-day operations and the planning of future railways would be spun off to a new China Railway Corporation, while regulatory oversight would be handed over to an expanded Transport Ministry.

11 Mar 2013 - 6:06am

Reform of energy policymaking less radical than expected

Reform of energy policymaking less radical than expected

The State Electricity Regulatory Commission (SERC) will be folded into the National Energy Administration (NEA), the State Council said, as it set aside a proposal for a more dramatic shake-up in the energy sector.

11 Mar 2013 - 6:30am