Aug 10, 2018 07:34 PM

Chart: Commerce Ministry’s Revolving Door With Business

A surge of resignations at China’s commerce ministry in recent years has aroused concern in and outside the government as some public servants have jumped to well-paying private companies supervised by their former employer.

Inspectors deployed by the Communist Party urged (link in Chinese) the Ministry of Commerce to “seriously analyze and solve” the brain drain problem. The party inspectors made the statement at a meeting in late July after completing a three-month disciplinary inspection at the ministry earlier this year.


The ministry, which is in charge of advancing domestic and foreign trade, had seen 142 officials resign over the past nine years, or nearly 16 a year on average, according to Caixin’s calculations based on annual data released by the ministry. From 2014 to 2016, the number of resignations picked up further, rising to nearly 27 a year on average.

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