context: These adjustments follow the March announcement of the government restructuring, where policy-making bodies were reorganised largely by function. The increased manpower and upgrades to these groups are part of an ongoing shift towards centralised coordination to solve problems requiring the efforts of multiple departments. They also seem to represent an acknowledgement that the previous reorganisation had shortcomings.

With 23 notices released by State Council General Office, this is the largest reshuffle of the decade, reports Sina Finance.

Leading groups, deliberative supra-ministerial coordination bodies, are only set up when cross-sectoral coordination is very important, explains Zhou Wang 周望 Nankai University, estimating there are approximately 40 groups now operating. He adds that groups whose names start with ‘State’ have the largest membership and include the Party, state and military; those that start with ‘State Council’ deal with tasks that require a higher degree of specialisation; those that start with ‘National’ usually include over half of State Council departments.

Sina Finance notes some of the recent changes

  • upgrades
    • Han Zheng 韩正 vice-premier replaced Beijing’s municipal Party Secretary as head of the Jingjinji Leading Group
    • Medical Reform Leading Group now has a secretariat to carry out daily work
  • team members added
    • State Council Anti-Monopoly Commission now has representatives from the State Administration for Market Regulation, Ministry of Justice, National Bureau of Statistics, National Energy Administration and People’s Bank of China