The second plenary meeting of the first session of the 14th National People's Congress (NPC) is held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, March 7, 2023. (PHOTO / XINHUA)
BEIJING – China's national legislature decided on the new lineup of the State Council, or the cabinet, at the ongoing annual legislative session Sunday morning.
Upon nomination by Premier Li Qiang, vice-premiers, state councilors, ministers, governor of the central bank, auditor-general, and secretary-general of the State Council were endorsed by lawmakers at the fifth plenary meeting of the first session of the 14th National People's Congress.
Chinese President Xi Jinping signed a presidential order to appoint these officials.
Ding Xuexiang, He Lifeng, Zhang Guoqing and Liu Guozhong were endorsed as China's vice-premiers while Li Shangfu, Wang Xiaohong, Wu Zhenglong, Shen Yiqin and Qin Gang were endorsed as Chinese state councilors
Ding Xuexiang, He Lifeng, Zhang Guoqing and Liu Guozhong were endorsed as China's vice-premiers while Li Shangfu, Wang Xiaohong, Wu Zhenglong, Shen Yiqin and Qin Gang were endorsed as Chinese state councilors.
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The NPC also endorsed the secretary-general of the State Council and heads of 26 departments of the State Council.
Wu Zhenglong was endorsed as secretary-general of the State Council, Qin Gang as minister of foreign affairs, Li Shangfu as minister of national defense, Zheng Shanjie as head of the National Development and Reform Commission, Huai Jinpeng as minister of education, Wang Zhigang as minister of science and technology, Jin Zhuanglong as minister of industry and information technology, and Pan Yue as head of the National Ethnic Affairs Commission.
Wang Xiaohong was endorsed as minister of public security, Chen Yixin as minister of state security, Tang Dengjie as minister of civil affairs, He Rong as minister of justice, Liu Kun as minister of finance, Wang Xiaoping as minister of human resources and social security, and Wang Guanghua as minister of natural resources.
Huang Runqiu was endorsed as minister of ecology and environment, Ni Hong as minister of housing and urban-rural development, Li Xiaopeng as minister of transport, Li Guoying as minister of water resources, Tang Renjian as minister of agriculture and rural affairs, Wang Wentao as minister of commerce, and Hu Heping as minister of culture and tourism.
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Ma Xiaowei was endorsed as head of the National Health Commission, Pei Jinjia as minister of veterans affairs, Wang Xiangxi as minister of emergency management, Yi Gang as governor of the People's Bank of China, and Hou Kai as auditor-general of the National Audit Office.
Lawmakers also approved by voting chairpersons, vice-chairpersons and members of eight special committees of the 14th NPC at the meeting.
The vice-premiers, state councilors and secretary-general of the State Council pledged allegiance to the Constitution.