I. General Introduction
The Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council of the People's Republic of China is an administrative office which assists the Premier in handling the overseas Chinese affairs. The Office' s major responsibilities are as follows:
To study and formulate the guidelines, policies and regulations concerning the works on overseas Chinese affairs, as well as to supervise and check the implementation of them; To conduct research and study on the development of overseas Chinese affairs both domestically and abroad, as well as the relevant work in this regard, so as to provide the information to the Central Committee of the CPC and the State Council; To work out the development plan for overseas Chinese affairs work.
To assist the Premier in the administration of the overseas Chinese affairs; To review concerned policies which directly relate the overseas Chinese affairs worked out by the relevant ministries or local governments; To conduct necessary controls and coordination for the overseas Chinese affairs work carried out by relevant departments and social organizations.
To protect the legitimate rights and interests of the overseas Chinese; to enhance the unity and friendship in the overseas Chinese communities; To keep contact with and support overseas Chinese medias and Chinese language schools; To accelerate the cooperation and exchanges of the overseas Chinese with China in terms of economy, science, culture and education.
To protect in accordance with the law the legitimate rights and interests of the returned overseas Chinese and their relatives, as well as those rights and interests inside China of the overseas Chinese; To draft and formulate, together with relevant departments, the guidelines and policies concerning the work of returned overseas Chinese and their family members; To conduct the work of returned overseas Chinese and their family members; To assist relevant departments in the selection of the deputies among the returned overseas Chinese and their family members.
II. Current Leaders
Minister: Li Haifeng
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Updated: Dec. 24, 2009