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China to complete formation of new government departments by mid-April - media

FILE PHOTO: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Vice Premier Han Zheng arrive for the news conference following the closing session of the National People's Congress (NPC), at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China March 20, 2018. REUTERS/Jason Lee


BEIJING (Reuters) - China will complete by mid-April the formation of new government departments announced as part of a sweeping restructuring plan ratified by parliament, state television reported late on Saturday citing comments from Vice Premier Han Zheng.

In March, China's parliament passed the restructuring plan that merged several ministries and regulators in a bid to streamline the organisational structure and increase the ruling Communist Party's control.

The biggest moves included the merger of the country's banking and insurance regulators and increasing the central bank's financial sector oversight.

Seven new ministries and eight new administrations are under the state council, including a new market regulatory administration with a broad remit ranging from anti-monopoly and pricing supervision to product quality and safety.

China is also consolidating film, news and publishing regulation under the Communist Party's publicity department, signalling tighter media control.

(Reporting by Se Young Lee and Lusha Zhang; Editing by Kim Coghill)

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