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Liuyang officials to disclose wealth
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08:54, April 01, 2009

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Liuyang city in Hunan province recently issued a circular, directing all government leaders to reveal their and their families' income and other financial assets starting this year, a local newspaper reported yesterday.

The local commission for discipline inspection, which framed the circular, aims to "intelligently" build a sound disclosure system in a bid to fight corruption, Fu Xuming, secretary of the commission, was quoted as saying by the Changsha Evening News.

"We are still researching a comprehensive disclosure system," he said.

Officials will have to make public, through newspapers, radio, television or Internet, their income and assets, their spouses' business, educational expenditure on children, equity investments, costs of weddings and funerals, etc.

However, it didn't give out a detailed plan to implement the directive.

"It might be very difficult to actually carry out the initiative", Li Dongfang, a professor of China University of Political Science and Law, said.

"This initiative is constructive and valuable," he said. "But only when China comes up to a high level of civilization and prosperity, can such a system be operated effectively."

Wang Xianli, a Beijing-based lawyer said: "Politicians are public figures, whose roles determine their privacy may not be benchmarked with that of an ordinary citizen. But we should be especially careful when revealing information concerning their spouses and children."

Source: China Daily

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