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Since their first response to the messages in 2008, leaders of the municipal CPC committee of Tianjin have so far published 13 responses and handled over 100 cases. Leaders of the provincial CPC committee of Hainan Province sorted out over 510 messages and formed 48 suggestions in five major categories. Leaders of Fujian and Gansu Provinces have published 7 and 5 responses respectively.
Internet,a driving force to better the government
Editor's note
  • ·Hu Jintao, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, Chinese President paid a visit to People's Daily on June 20, 2008 and talks with netizens via Qiangguo (Strong China) Forum of People's Daily Online.

    Over the past year, there have been 22 provincial Party secretaries who replied to netizens via the "Local Leader Message Board", which is launched by People's Daily Online last July, let officials and netizens exchange ideas.

    No doubt, Internet is changing the relationship between the government and its people in China. Internet politics is a substantive sign of the progress the Chinese government has made in the political arena.

Changes after Hu's visit to the Strong Nation Forum
Message Board

  • ·People's Daily Online launched a new edition of "Local Leader Message Board" in July 2008, which is available to over 1000 "top leaders" in 31 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities directly under the central government, Hong Kong and Macao.

    By May 22, over 60,000 messages had been left on the Message Board, and 22 secretaries of the provincial CPC committee and provincial governors as well as 46 prefecture-level leaders had published their responses to netizens' messages. Issues brought up by more than 2000 netizens had been handled and solved.