Focus of China’s new cabinet in the first month: pushing forward reform

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According to the ChinaNews, today marks the end of the first month since the new Chinese government entered into office. With the targets of pushing reform, focusing on anti-corruption, and creating the “Upgraded China Economy”, the policy picture of the new government seems to gradually roll out to the public.

Focus on decentralization and transformation of government functions

“The core of reform is in action”, on the next day of the closing of the two sessions, Li Keqiang chaired the first executive meeting of the State Council, pledged to research to accelerate the institutional reform. He explicitly requested functions change as the key to the start of the work of the new State Council through the reduction of administrative examination and approval procedures.

After the initial reform, the number of departments of the State Council was reduced to 25 together with formation of a number of new functional departments.

Analysis said that the new government stresses on changing function of the government by taking a series of down-to-earth initiatives, accelerating the construction of service-oriented government to people’s satisfaction.

In a conference attended by the Chinese and foreign reporters on March 17, Li Keqiang pointed out that “touching the existing interests is often harder than touching the soul”, he described that “no matter how deep the water is, we have to cross over because we have no choice, it is about the fate of the country, the future of the nation”.

Accelerating the construction of clean government

At the first meeting of the new session of the State Council, Li Keqiang stressed again to build a clean government, and resolutely implement the State Council commitments to the public:

“Within the five years term of the current government, firstly, no new government office buildings and government hotels are allowed to be built; secondly, the number of personnel fed by financial support cannot be increased; thirdly, no increase of expenditure is allowed on public reception, government-funded oversea study (公费留学) or oversea investigation tour (公费出国考察) and public service car(公务车).”

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