Beijing to shut down thousands of local lobbyist organs

09:45, January 26, 2010      

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Unlike the US Supreme Court which lately decided to take the side of corporate and union lobbyists in Washington DC, Beijing's central government is reported to have ordered the shutdown of all provincial and regional liaison offices in the capital, whose major duty is believed to be currying favor with high-ranking officials in Beijing.

The official Outlook Weekly magazine said on Monday that the central government has vowed to close the liaison offices within 6 months, in an effort to clamp down on local lobbyist forces and help clean up the image of central government ministry officials.

During the last Chinese Spring Festival, the liaison offices representative of two local governments from central Henan Province were reportedly spending more than $96,000 to buy 777 bottles of expensive Chinese liquor to entertain Beijing officials.

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