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Chinese charity caught in financial statement controversy (6)

By Zhong Qun and Cheng Yunjie (Xinhua)

11:06, December 13, 2012

He also called on regulators to scrap the requirement of having non-profit organizations affiliated to governmental departments and to equip the public with more effective supervisory means.

A series of scandals have hit charity organizations in China in recent years, causing public outcry for more transparency in China's charity work.

Most notably, the Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) came under fire in 2011 after a young woman calling herself "Guo Meimei" claimed in microblog posts that she worked for an organization under the RCSC and detailed her lavish lifestyle. That led some netizens to suspect she was embezzling funds.

Donations to the RCSC plummeted 59.39 percent year on year in 2011, according to official data.

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