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China Unveils Plan To Cut Bureaucracy

Xi Jinping, Chinese vice president and general-secretary of the Communist Party
China’s leadership has announced plans to reduce the number of cabinet-level ministries and restructure other bureaucracies of the communist-led government.

The plans were announced during the annual meeting in Beijing of the rubber-stamp national legislature.

The plans include scrapping the Railways Ministry, which has been plagued by corruption scandals, and giving its responsibilities to other entities.

The Family Planning Commission is to be joined with the Health Ministry.

The reforms also call for strengthening the power of food and drug regulators following a series of scandals over product safety.

The reforms will reduce the number of ministry-level bodies to 25.

The National People’s Congress is expected to approve the changes and appoint new state leaders, including incoming President Xi Jinping, before the session ends March 17.

Based on reporting by AP, dpa, AFP, and Reuters