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Major Functions of the Offices

1. Major Functions of Foreign Affairs Office of Shaanxi Province

① To implement the foreign policies, guidelines, laws and regulations of the Central Government; formulate provincial policies, regulations and work schedules for foreign affairs; and examine and review the execution of these policies and regulations within Shaanxi Province;

② To coordinate the foreign affairs of all government departments and agencies in Shaanxi Province; study and comment on their reports on foreign affairs; and cooperate with related government agencies on major foreign affairs;

③ To manage all foreign affairs within Shaanxi Province, and serve as a bridge for cooperation and exchange with foreign countries on economy and trade, science and technology, and culture and education based on the office's survey and investigation on foreign affairs; collect an overall information on foreign affairs within Shaanxi Province; supervise the official trip abroad of Shaanxi government personnel;

④ To authorize official visits abroad by leaders from the CPC Shaanxi Committee, Shaanxi People's Congress, the People’s Government of Shaanxi Province, and Shaanxi People's Political Consultative Conference; report and approve foreigner's official visits to Shaanxi; examine and approve requests for official trips abroad by government personnel in leading or assisting roles of departments or equivalents, and those under the rank of divisions/counties or equivalents, and also handle their invitations to foreigners to visit Shaanxi; help prepare passports, visas, and pass checks for government personnel's official trips abroad (including Hong Kong and Macao), and handle visas, letters, telegrams, and notices needed for foreigners' visits to Shaanxi on invitation; entrusted by Ministry of Education and Ministry of Foreign Affairs to examine and approve requests for official visits abroad by personnel from state-run universities in Shaanxi Province as well as their invitations to foreigners to visit China; examine and approve all requests for official visits to Hong Kong and Macao by government personnel in Shaanxi Province;

⑤ To receive state guests, party guests, and other VIPs from abroad to visit Shaanxi; receive foreign diplomats in China who are on official visits to Shaanxi; organize according to the plan the foreign affairs participated by leaders from the CPC Shaanxi Committee, Shaanxi People's Congress, the People’s Government of Shaanxi Province, and Shaanxi People's Political Consultative Conference;

⑥ Manage and receive media personnel from abroad to Shaanxi for news report; instruct related government units to assist them on their news reports; administer foreign news agencies and reporters permanently stationed in Shaanxi;

⑦ To provide educational and training programs on China's foreign policy and diplomatic disciplines to all government personnel in Shaanxi engaging in foreign affairs; cooperate with related government units in examining and reviewing the observation of diplomatic disciplines and secrecy system; cooperate with related government units in publicizing Saanxi to foreign countries and offering trainings on foreign affairs to ordinary citizens; cooperate with related government units in examining and verifying important news reports that involve foreign affairs;

⑧ To provide guidance to foreign affairs divisions at provincial, municipal and district level; cooperate with related government units in studying and handling port issues; cooperate with related organizations on issues involving visits there by foreign guests;

⑨ To handle other work entrusted by the CPC Shaanxi Committee and the People’s Government of Shaanxi Province.

2.  Major Functions of Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of Shaanxi Province

① To implement policies, guidelines, laws and regulations on overseas Chinese affairs, protect the lawful rights and interests of overseas Chinese, returned overseas Chinese, and their domestic relatives, and examine and review the work in this regard; plan for the work on overseas Chinese affairs based on studies on the actual situations of Shaanxi Province; publicize to foreign countries the policies on overseas Chinese affairs;

② To conduct friendly exchange with overseas Chinese, foreigners of Chinese origin, and their communities; cooperate with related government units on Taiwan affairs through the channel of overseas Chinese; collect information on the status of the overseas Chinese with Shaanxi origin, and report it to the CPC Shaanxi Committee and the People’s Government of Shaanxi Province;

③ To provide high-quality service to overseas Chinese, compatriots from Hong Kong and Macao, and foreigners of Chinese origin; organize relevant visits and exchanges so as to promote economic development of Shaanxi Province;

④ To provide guidance and support to the business in Shaanxi owned by overseas Chinese, and handle their public contribution and donation; offer authentication service to their business;

⑤ To handle letters and visits to Shaanxi by overseas Chinese, compatriots from Hong Kong and Macao, foreigners of Chinese origin, returned overseas Chinese, and all their domestic relatives; study with related government units on policies for their entry and exit issues;

⑥ To cooperate with related government units on the personnel arrangement for representatives of returned overseas Chinese; register the overseas Chinese who are going to take the national entrance examination for college; and verify the IDs of returned overseas Chinese or their domestic relatives who are going to study abroad on their own expenses;

⑦ To handle issues involving permanent residence in Shaanxi by overseas Chinese or compatriots from Hong Kong and Macao; cooperate with municipal or country governments on poverty alleviation in Shaanxi for returned overseas Chinese, compatriots from Hong Kong and Macao, and their domestic relatives;

⑧ To help improve the organization and working skills of staff members dealing with overseas Chinese affairs by conducting research and training in this regard.

3.Major Functions of Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of Shaanxi Province

① To fulfill tasks assigned by Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council, and follow its leadership;

② To implement policies on Hong Kong and Macao affairs by the Central Government and that by the People’s Government of Shaanxi Province; study social conditions of Hong Kong and Macao in various aspects;

③ To coordinate official links between provincial and municipal governments of Shaanxi, and Hong Kong and Macao SAR Governments;

④ To examine and approve requests for official trips to Hong Kong or Macao by Shaanxi government personnel;

⑤ To receive important guests from Hong Kong or Macao visiting Shaanxi Province;

⑥ To coordinate exchange and cooperation in economy, science and technology, culture, and education between Shaanxi Province and Hong Kong and Macao;

⑦ To participate in management of the Chinese business from Hong Kong or Macao investing in Shaanxi;

⑧ To offer liaison service in large-scale activities in Shaanxi that are hosted by parties from Hong Kong or Macao;

⑨ To handle major or emergent events involving Hong Kong or Macao.

4.Major Functions of Shaanxi People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries

Shaanxi People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries is a provincial people's organization under the leadership of the CPC Shaanxi Committee. The association has a similar structure of organization as the Foreign Affairs Office and the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office, all of the three fall into an unified management.

① To implement policies on civil diplomacy by the CPC Central Committee and the State Council; support China's diplomacy and the foreign affairs of Shaanxi Province through non-governmental diplomatic exchanges; develop friendly relations and promote exchange and cooperation between Shaanxi Province and other countries;

② To contact foreign communities and personages that are friendly to China, establish and develop the friendship and understanding between Shaanxi people and that of other countries;

③ To open exchanges with other countries in economy, science and technology, and talented persons through non-governmental channels; provide international liaison service for enterprises in Shaanxi, and support the economic and social development of Shaanxi Province;

④ To organize non-governmental cultural exchanges by sending out and inviting in civil theatrical companies, exhibition companies, and personages in the field of art;

⑤ To help build, with the accreditation from the People’s Government of Shaanxi Province, "Friendly Provinces/Cities" relation between Shaanxi Province or its cities and their foreign counterparts, so as to boost Shaanxi's development in economy, science and technology, and culture;

⑥ To receive foreign delegations and pro-China personages whose visits to Shaanxi are arranged by brother associations in other provinces and cities; and receive pro-China organizations and personages invited in the name of the Association;

⑦ To organize, with the accreditation from the People’s Government of Shaanxi Province and other related government units, large-scale activities aiming to promote friendship with foreign countries;

⑧ To host activities of commemorating famous international figures and international personages who have contributed greatly to Shaanxi's economic and social development;

⑨ To provide guidance on the work of branch associations in Shaanxi;

⑩ To fulfill other assignment entrusted by the CPC Shaanxi Committee, the People’s Government of Shaanxi Province, or the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries.