Mi Jian no longer head of Gov’t think tank

Mi Jian is no longer the director of the Policy Research and Regional Development Bureau (DSEPDR), Macau News Agency (MNA) has confirmed with the research body.

The DSEPDR was created in 2018 as a merger between the Policy Study Office and the China Interior Affairs Working Group tasked with carrying out policy research and coordinating the various tasks by different official entities concerning Macau’s cooperation with the mainland.

Mi Jian was appointed as the first director of the new bureau for a two-year service term commencing on September 1, 2018, and prior to these positions acted as Chief Advisor to the Governmental Policy Research Office.

According to a statement sent to MNA by the research bureau, Mi’s service term finished on August 31 of this year, with Deputy Director Ung Hoi Ian being the bureau’s acting head since then.

No official government dispatch has been published at the Macau SAR Official Gazette announcing this decision and since no announcement has been made for the renewal of Mi’s service term a replacement will likely be announced in the future.

In July, 2019 the Commission Against Corruption (CCAC) confirmed to have received a letter from staff members of the DSEPDR complaining about Mi Jian for his alleged nepotism in the recruitment of staff members for the bureau and other alleged offences.

In its later report, the CCAC cleared Mi of any wrongdoings but accused the DSEPDR of lack of transparency, while calling for a “thorough review” of the Bureau’s recruitment process.