China is to effectively abolish its scandal-plagued railways ministry as part of a sweep of government reforms aimed at tackling inefficiency and corruption, a top official told parliament on Sunday.
High-speed train that runs on the new 2,298-km line between Beijing and Guangzhou, pictured as it arrives at Xuchang East Station in Xuchang, central China's Henan province, on December 26, 2012. China is to split its scandal-plagued railways ministry in two and will bring its administrative functions under the control of the transport ministry, according to state media.
The changes include bolstering a maritime body as China engages in island disputes with its neighbours, and giving an economic development body more say over the one-child policy as the country faces a shrinking labour pool.
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