China Plans To Streamline Government Ministries, Expands Media Censorship

BEIJING (AP) — China is issuing a plan to streamline government ministries, doing away with the powerful Railways Ministry, creating a super-agency to regulate the media and realigning other bureaucracies in a bid to boost efficiency.

The plan introduced Sunday to the rubber-stamp national legislature is being pushed by the newly installed Communist Party leadership and reflects its priorities to reduce waste and address quality of life issues for a more prosperous, demanding society.

Among the changes, the corruption-plagued Railways Ministry will be split, its regulatory responsibilities going to the Transport Ministry and its operations to a commercial entity. The food and drug agency will see a boost in authority, and two censorship arms, one of broadcasters and one for print media, will be merged.

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