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China unveils 'revolutionary' plan to give Communist Party even more power

Bloomberg/Beijing 13 Mar 18 | 08:49 PM

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China unveiled a “revolutionary" government restructuring plan that consolidates Communist Party authority, giving President Xi Jinping more direct control over the levers of money and power.

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The plan put before China’s rubber-stamp parliament Tuesday —some of which had been reported by Bloomberg — calls for giving the People’s Bank of China greater oversight in the $43 trillion banking and insurance industry and merging regulators that oversee the sector. The plan’s goal was “strengthening the Communist Party’s overall leadership" of the state, the document said.

The moves would further centralize power in the nation of 1.4 billion people. The emphasis on party control represents China’s most decisive shift yet from 1980s reforms spearheaded by Deng Xiaoping aimed at professionalizing the government after Mao Zedong’s disruptive party-led political movements caused famine and bloodshed.

Liu He, a key economic advisor to Xi and a member of the party’s 25-member Politburo, called the reform “revolutionary" Tuesday in an article published by the party’s People’s Daily newspaper. “Strengthening the party’s leadership in all areas of work is the primary task of deepening the reform of the party and state institutions," he said.

 The changes include

Merging the China Insurance Regulatory Commission with the China Banking Regulatory CommissionOverhauling tax departmentExpands environmental ministry, absorbing some roles now held by the National Development and Reform CommissionCreates new office to oversee Xi's Belt and Road trade-and-infrastructure initiativeExpands agricultural ministry to include some functions of NDRC and Ministry of FinanceCombines some roles of the ministries of Commerce and Foreign AffairsMerges anti-monopoly roles of NDRC and the Ministry of CommerceSets up an immigration management bureauGive some quality control responsibilities to bureau overseeing intellectual property rights

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