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Department of Foreign Affairs of Zhejiang Provincial People's Government
Date:2020-09-01 09:27

Department of Foreign Affairs of Zhejiang Provincial People's Government is also known as Department of Hong Kong and Macau Affairs of Zhejiang Provincial People's Government and Zhejiang Provincial People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries. It is a provincial government department in charge of foreign affairs and Hong Kong and Macau affairs in the province, and it is also the office of the Provincial Party Committee’s foreign affairs leading group.

 

I. Transforming Functions

 

1. Strengthened Responsibilities.

 

(1) Strengthening the research on overall and strategic issues in the international situation and foreign affairs and Hong Kong and Macao affairs in the province, organizing and implementing development strategies with Zhejiang characteristics for foreign affairs and Hong Kong and Macao affairs, and serving the central work and sustainable development in the province.

 

(2) Strengthening the management of activities of overseas NGOs, foreign embassies and consulates in China, and foreign journalists in Zhejiang, social organizations' foreign exchanges and cooperation, and foreign-related security and other foreign-related matters, timely and properly handling foreign-related emergencies in the province, and maintaining sound foreign-related environment and order in the province.

 

(3) Coordinating the handling of overseas emergencies involving citizens, legal persons and institutions of Zhejiang Province, strengthening the protection of consulates in foreign countries, and safeguarding the legitimate rights and interests of overseas citizens, legal persons and institutions of Zhejiang Province.

 

(4) Strengthening the publicity of foreign-related culture, timely releasing information on important foreign affairs policies and activities in the province, and improving the abilities of guiding foreign-related public opinions.

 

2. Main Responsibilities

 

(1) Implementing the Party’s and the state’s guidelines, policies, laws, and regulations on foreign affairs, and Hong Kong and Macao affairs, as well as the Provincial Party committee’s and the Provincial Government's decisions and deployments on foreign affairs, and Hong Kong and Macao affairs, and being responsible for the related supervision and inspection; conducting research on the economic and social development of the province, foreign affairs, and Hong Kong and Macao affairs, and proposing opinions and suggestions for the Provincial Party Committee and the Provincial Government to make decisions on foreign affairs, and Hong Kong and Macao affairs; drafting local laws and regulations on foreign affairs, and Hong Kong and Macao affairs, and formulating relevant policies and organizing the implementation and supervision of these policies.

 

(2) Managing foreign affairs, and Hong Kong and Macao affairs in the province; coordinating with various provincial departments to handle major foreign-related, Hong Kong and Macao-related affairs; coordinating plans for foreign affairs and Hong Kong and Macao-related activities of various provincial departments, and major events at all localities in the province; assisting relevant departments of the central government in doing a good job in foreign affairs and Hong Kong and Macau affairs which needs the cooperation of the local authority.

 

local cooperation. (3) Being responsible for receiving state guests and party guests who come to the province to visit or conduct official activities, officials of foreign embassies and consulates in China, and senior officials from other foreign official and well-known enterprises and institutions; making overall arrangements for foreign affairs activities for leaders of the Provincial Party Committee, the Standing Committee of the Provincial People's Congress, the Provincial Government, and the provincial people’s political consultative conference, and coordinating the handling of the foreign affairs of the leaders at the vice-provincial level and above; guiding the reception of other foreign guests.

 

(4)Managing the activities of the officials of the embassies and consulates of various countries in China; being responsible for coordinating the participation of officials in the province in the activities organized by the embassies and consulates of various countries in China; being responsible for coordinating and handling emergency foreign-related incidents; being responsible for coordinating and handling the consular protection of citizens and institutions of the province abroad and the management of foreign NGOs’ activities in Zhejiang; assisting relevant provincial departments in managing foreigners in Zhejiang.

 

(5) Being responsible for coordinating the exchange activities between the province and friendly provinces, states and counties, sister cities, and other friendly units; managing and the establishment of friendly relationship between the province and foreign countries, and handling the related approval and being responsible for routine contact.

 

(6)Managing the review and approval of going abroad on business and going to Hong Kong and Macao on missions, and the work of inviting foreigners and people from Hong Kong and Macau to visit Zhejiang, and being responsible for guiding and supervising the approval of going abroad (out of border) on business by units with approval authority of foreign affairs in the province; undertaking the application and approval of provincial leaders visiting foreign countries and inviting foreign counterparts to China; dealing with passports for those going abroad on business, permits for those going to Hong Kong and Macao on business, and foreign visas (APEC business travel cards); being responsible for authenticating consuls; urging and assisting relevant departments in educating groups and individuals going abroad about foreign-related policies and discipline.

 

(7)Being responsible for the liaison and reception between the province and the Office of the Central Government in Hong Kong and Macau, the Office of Special Commissioners of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hong Kong and Macau, the troops stationed in Hong Kong and Macau, the Hong Kong and Macau SAR governments, and important civil organizations; being responsible for managing and guiding business matters between the province and Hong Kong and Macau.

 

(8)Managing the friendship between social organizations in the province with foreign countries, coordinating, organizing and guiding the international exchanges of social organizations in the province, and being responsible for the liaison and reception of important overseas civil organizations and celebrities.

 

(9)Cooperating with and assisting the provincial publicity department to do a good job in publicity to foreign countries and education about public foreign affairs discipline; providing publicity materials related to the international situation, foreign policies, major international issues and foreign affairs in the province, and editing and printing foreign-related publicity materials; being responsible for managing and serving foreign journalists visiting the province for interviews, being responsible for matters related to Hong Kong and Macao journalists during their interviewing in Zhejiang, and coordinating the review of important foreign-related reports; coordinating the work of guiding the opinions of foreign media on Zhejiang.

 

(10)Being responsible for the education and training of foreign affairs leaders and those involved in foreign-related affairs in the province, assisting discipline inspection departments, supervisory departments and relevant departments in supervising and inspecting the implementation of foreign affairs discipline and confidentiality systems, and assisting in handling major cases of violations of foreign affairs discipline and confidentiality regulations.

 

(11) Undertaking the routine work of the Provincial Party Committee’s Foreign Affairs Leading Group Office.

 

(12) Undertaking other matters assigned by the Provincial Government.





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