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China unveils brand new cabinet to run revamped govt under Xi Jinping

China unveils brand new cabinet to run revamped govt under Xi Jinping

Foreign Minister Wang Yi was reappointed as China's top diplomat and also promoted to state counselor, while Zhao Kezhi was confirmed as minister of public security in charge of the police.

His appointment as state councillor was a recognition of his performance as foreign minister, said Associate Professor Li Mingjiang of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, adding that it showed Beijing wants to elevate the foreign policy apparatus in the party and government structure.

The decision was taken at the ongoing annual session of China's parliament.

The new revamped administration will have 26 ministries and commissions of the State Council which is the central Cabinet. He also had a long career in finance, and economic affairs.

Likened to a "silver fox" by China's state media and online admirers, due to his looks and his diplomatic wiles, Wang is regarded as suave and charming, but tough, by foreign diplomats.

As defense minister, Wei is outranked by Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平), who is also chairman of the Central Military Commission, and two vice chairmen, but will be the main interface between China's 2 million-member armed forces and the rest of the world's militaries. The State Councillor is responsible for ensuring the implementation of the policies of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC).

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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang proposed Wang's name as part of a new set of officials to head various positions for the next five years in the government headed by President Xi Jinping. He replaces Yang Jiechi, China´s former top diplomat, who was tipped for a leading role in managing Beijing's uncertain relations with the United States under Trump.

He expected that Mr Yang, in his capacity as deputy head of the foreign affairs leading group, would help coordinate state and party organs in foreign affairs matters. "We believe he will continue to play an important role in China's diplomacy", Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a regular daily briefing, without elaborating.

"Everyone knows that comrade Yang Jiechi is a member of the Politburo". A hawkish Yang was elected to the powerful Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party previous year.

Previously China's foreign minister himself, Yang speaks flawless English but has a low-key public profile and rarely talks to foreign reporters. Wang had previously served as China's envoy to Japan and worked at the Asia desk of the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

Many of the Xi-faction officials were appointed in 2016 and 2017 as the president consolidated power, and leaving them in place is the natural choice if stability is a priority.

Xi, meanwhile, has chosen a military leader and a missile expert, Wei Fenghe, as the next defence minister.


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