China’s legislature over the weekend and today approved a new round of leaders for the State Council and its ministries. The appointments put some reform-minded officials in key roles, but whether that leads to faster movement on economic reforms remains to be seen.
China’s lead Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) negotiator earned a promotion as part of China’s wave of leadership changes at central and local-level government agencies in the run up to November's leadership transition.
PRC personnel changes at the central level, announced during the final quarter of 2015, include appointments and promotions in ministries responsible for technology innovation, financial reform and other areas of interest to foreign companies.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) Four promotions within MOFA in recent months brought about changes to its lineup of vice and assistant ministers.
The PRC government recently announced a number of minister and vice minister-level leadership changes at several central government ministries, including key personnel changes in areas that may impact foreign companies. Among the notable changes are promotions and appointments in ministries whose work involves foreign investment and trade dealings, including the Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Agriculture, and Ministry of Industry and Information Technology: