State Council

State Council calls for more effort in revamping economy

Beijing hopes to shift the economy from investment towards consumption - though it might not be necessary for consumers to shop until they drop. Photo: Reuters

China’s cabinet called for greater effort in revamping the economy because a recovery is not yet solid, seeking quicker progress on industrial restructuring and increasing consumption while guarding against risk and protecting people’s livelihoods.

Monday, 21 October, 2013, 10:55am

State Council announces 10 new measures to curb air pollution

Green activists hand out masks to pedestrians on The Bund yesterday to raise awareness of air pollution in downtown Shanghai. Photo: Reuters

The central government has taken further steps to curb air pollution, with fresh measures outlined at a cabinet meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang yesterday.

15 Jun 2013 - 3:59am 2 comments

Talking points

Suu Kyi supporters arrive in Beijing.

Suu Kyi supporters arrive in Beijing

8 May 2013 - 3:20am

Questions raised about China's big plan to modernise old industrial bases

Some worry a Chinese government plan to restructure its old industrial bases will sustain inefficient industries that should be allowed to wither and die. Photo: AP

It may come across as a good thing at first glance. Smoky chimneys and blazing boilers moved from city areas to the suburbs; steel mills, chemical plants and other polluters relocated; environmentally friendly and resource-saving technologies introduced to heavy industries; and infrastructure in city areas ramped up.

8 May 2013 - 5:20am

State Council prioritises stabilisation of economic growth

Vice-Premier Wang Yang, who will oversee agriculture. Photo: Xinhua

The central government has made stabilising and sustaining economic growth and basic price stability policy priorities this year, according to a statement issued yesterday after a cabinet meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang.

28 Mar 2013 - 5:31am

Vice-premiers' activities may shed light on division of labour in State Council

Li Keqiang. Photo: AFP

The division of labour between the State Council's four vice-premiers and five state councillors, appointed last week, has yet to be made public, but the activities of two of the vice-premiers this week may shed light on their responsibilities.

23 Mar 2013 - 5:36am

Infographic: China's new streamlined government

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China unveils a more streamlined government, dissolving some agencies and consolidating others to boost efficiency. It is the seventh reshuffle since market reforms began more than three decades ago.

12 Sep 2013 - 5:03am

Stability is the key for China's new cabinet

The new lineup of China's State Council, nominated by Premier Li Keqiang, was endorsed by lawmakers at a NPC meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photo: Simon Song

The nation's new cabinet was unveiled yesterday - a mix of veteran diplomats, senior politicians and technocratic newcomers with international exposure. Analysts say the line-up will maintain policy stability and strengthen China's position in the world order.

17 Mar 2013 - 9:29am 7 comments

Li Keqiang takes charge of nation facing tough decisions

China's President Xi shakes hands with newly elected Premier Li Keqiangduring fifth plenary meeting of National People's Congress in Beijing. Photo: Reuters

Li, 57, succeeded Wen Jiabao as head of the State Council, China's cabinet, after ceremonial election by National People's Congress deputies, with 2,940 affirmative votes cast and just three objections and six abstentions.

16 Mar 2013 - 5:30am 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

Number of ministries expected to be reduced, streamlined by State Council

Ma Kai

The curtain is likely to be drawn on several decades-old ministries and agencies, while others are expected to be streamlined when State Council secretary general Ma Kai submits proposals to restructure cabinet bodies to the annual meeting of the National People's Congress today.

10 Mar 2013 - 6:56am

Mongol ally of incoming premier to become chief of State Council

Yang Jing

Yang Jing, an ally of incoming premier Li Keqiang , is poised to become secretary general of the State Council in Li's cabinet, to be unveiled next week. The secretary general takes care of the cabinet's daily work as the premier's right-hand man. The position will allow Yang, a Mongol, who currently heads the State Ethnic Affairs Commission and a member of the party's powerful Secretariat of the Central Committee, to work more closely with Li.

8 Mar 2013 - 4:52am

Super ministries may not be the right answer for mainland China

Li Keqiang. Photo: EPA

It has become a ritual for new Chinese leaders to announce a shake-up of government in the name of streamlining bureaucracy and more importantly, to signal a fresh start.

4 Mar 2013 - 8:47am

Politburo endorses draft restructuring plan

Communist Party general secretary Xi Jinping. Photo: AFP

The draft proposes reform and the reassignment of duties of various organisations under the State Council. Xinhua quoted the Politburo as saying the restructuring was a priority, as it was crucial for administrative reform.

24 Feb 2013 - 5:21am 1 comment

Briefs, January 15, 2013

Chinese and Indian senior military officials agreed to strengthen ties during a meeting yesterday in Beijing. The talks were held between Xu Qiliang, vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission, and Indian Defence Secretary Shashi Kant Sharma, who said he was confident of progress in military relations between the two countries.

15 Jan 2013 - 3:58am