context: The Deepening Reform Leading Group, China’s de facto highest policy-making body, followed the tradition of agenda-setting and reviewing at the turn of the year. The issues reviewed reflect China’s focus on transforming from low-income to middle-income, from producer to consumer, and from inward-looking to outward-looking.

On 23 January 2017, Xi Jinping 习近平 chaired the second meeting of the 19th Deepening Reform Leading Group, attended by Li Keqiang 李克强, Zhang Gaoli, 张高丽 Wang Yang 汪洋 and Wang Huning 王沪宁. The meeting reviewed ten policies and four reports, including

  • Plan for labour division for central agencies to implement measures from the 19th Party Congress report
  • Deepening Reform Leading Group 2018 key tasks
  • Deepening Reform Leading Group 2017 work summary
  • Opinions on government information disclosure regarding charity development
  • Opinions on improving technical workers’ incomes and benefits
  • Guiding opinions on determining urban and rural basic endowment insurance and adjusting (retired worker) basic pension insurance
  • Plan for international mega science initiatives and projects
  • Guiding opinions on reforming and developing Confucius Institutes
  • Opinions on setting up settlement mechanisms and institutions for Belt and Road related disputes
  • Opinions on improving policies regarding generic medicine supply and use
  • Management measures for scientific data
  • Measures for intellectual property rights foreign transfer (trial)
  • Regulations on holding local officials accountable for work safety
  • Report on Zhejiang ‘one stop shop’ initiative (link to lexicon)’