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China's lawmakers met on Tuesday to hear explanations of a government reshuffle plan involving the establishments of a new ministerial level energy commission, an industry and information ministry and a consolidated transport ministry.

According to the planned institutional restructuring of the State Council, China will establish a national energy commission, an inter-ministerial consultation and coordination body, said State CouncilorHua Jianmin.

The proposed institutional restructuring, an important part of China's overall plan to deepen reforms in the administrative system, is a continuation of the previous five major government reshuffles over the past 30 years, said Hua.

Under the plan, China will establish larger departments that organically integrate the functions of smaller departments, he said.

It will also "rearrange, in a more rational manner, functions of government departments that exercise macroeconomic regulation, strengthen energy and environment agencies, integrate bodies in charge of industrial administration and information, form a transport ministry, and enhance departments responsible for public administration and public services," he said.

Hua, who explained the reshuffle plan to deputies to the 11th National People's Congress at a plenary session, said the country will form a state energy bureau, which will be under the jurisdiction of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).

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