Promoting political participation on the Internet

16:33, August 03, 2010      

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It is natural and necessary to actively promote political participation on the Internet, given the increasingly large number of messages that netizens post on government Web sites.

First, leading cadres should make better use of the Internet. Nowadays, the Internet provides a great platform for the transmission of all kinds of thoughts and the competition among various ideologies. Those who neglect the importance of the Internet and do not make full use of the Internet cannot be called modern cadres.

In addition to reading books and newspapers, listening to the radio and watching television, cadres should also develop a habit of going on the Internet so as to make scientific and accurate judgments of public affairs via the Internet. Whether a cadre utilizes the Internet relies on their attitudes, but also on a sound system that can encourage cadres to make better use of it.

Second, cadres should solve the problems that are brought forward by netizens as soon as possible. Necessary measures should be adopted to find problems online and solve them in the real world. Principal leaders of governments at all levels in particular should regularly urge relevant departments to find real and practical solutions to the realistic problems that are of great concern to common cadres and the general public.

Third, a good system should be introduced for guiding replies to messages left by netizens, and an effective implementation of the system will play a key role in promoting political participation on the Internet. In the future, cadres should attach greater importance to collecting online messages, and some people should be specially assigned to take charge of replying to the messages. In this way, the Internet will become a highly useful communication platform between the masses and Party committees sooner or later.

Author: Qiang Wei, secretary of the CPC Qinghai Provincial Committee
People’s Daily, August 3, 2010
Translator: Zhang Xinyi


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