South China Morning Post
China is to broaden the scope of a controversial Communist Party department responsible for its overseas liaison work to include ethnic and religious affairs. The consolidation of the United Front Work Department is part of a restructure of party agencies announced on Wednesday. China has realised the need to consolidate its domestic and international resources to project its influence as a global power, according to Liu Hong, chair of the school of social sciences at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. “As China faces greater international challenges and difficulties in its domestic transformation after 40 years of reform and opening up, how to develop an effective governance model that is based on its specific circumstances ... is indeed a major task for the country’s leaders,” he said.
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