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Chinese Parliament set to endorse President Xi’s line-up

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives at the opening session of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People on March 3, 2018. Following behind him is Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives at the opening session of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People on March 3, 2018. Following behind him is Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.   | Photo Credit: AP

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Chinese President Xi Jinping is marshalling his top team of personnel who intend to target poverty, curb growth of ‘grey rhinos’ that can destabilise the economy, and launch a fresh campaign against pollution.

The new set of appointments of four Vice-Premiers is expected during the upcoming March 5 meeting of the National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s Parliament. The NPC session, which would conclude later in the month, is a sequel to the 19th Party Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in October.

 

The four Vice-Premiers would serve in the State Council — China’s Cabinet, headed by Premier Li Keqiang, who is set to be confirmed for a second term.

Anti-poverty initiatives

There is speculation that Mr. Xi would hand over the reins of the anti-poverty programme to Hu Chunhua. Mr. Hu has been the former party secretary of the coastal Guangdong province, the cradle of China’s economic reforms. .

Liu He, who has headed the Leading Group on Financial and Economic Affairs, is expected to take charge of the economic domain. Mr. Xi is especially concerned about the ‘grey rhinos’— companies whose excessive borrowing can destabilise the economy as the projects that they have taken up are financially unsustainable.

Han Zhen, a former party boss of Shanghai is expected to take charge of environment portfolio, in tune with Beijing’s commitments at the Paris Climate conference and rising domestic demand for cleaner air and water.

Sun Chunlan is expected to be the only women Vice-Premier in Mr. Xi’s new team, taking charge of areas such as science, education, culture and health care.

In the President’s new line-up, Wang Qishan, the former anti-corruption czar, is expected to become the country’s new Vice-President.

Changes are also expected in the Foreign Ministry. Wang Yi, the Foreign Mminister is likely to be elevated to the post of state councilor in the Prime Minister’s office.

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