BEIJING — In a victory for reformist Premier Zhu Rongji, China's parliament on Wednesday endorsed a new-look Cabinet packed with technocrats who back his drive to remake a crumbling socialist economy into a 21st century powerhouse.
The sweeping government shuffle put key economic portfolios in the hands of experienced managers in the mold of Zhu, who was elected premier Tuesday.
Among the 29 Cabinet ministers were 22 newcomers, most relatively youthful and well-educated. The lineup reflects the government's overriding concern with building a new industrial and financial system to ride out the Asian economic crisis and engineer China's emergence as an economic superpower.
New ministers were all endorsed unopposed by the National People's Congress. The selection had been decided weeks in advance by the Communist Party leadership.