China orders transparent handling of major accidents after fatal train crash (3)

08:42, August 04, 2011      

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The People's Daily, or the CPC's flagship newspaper, urged officials on Tuesday to answer questions from Internet users in a timely and accurate fashion and to brush up on their online communication skills in an article titled "How to speak in the microblog era."

The article encouraged officials to address public concerns through online platforms and not to shy away from answering thorny questions.

"Online performance reflects an official's all-around capability," the article said.

Government departments have also been urged to focus on building their own official websites in order to improve the way in which significant information is disclosed. "All official documents that are not classified should be published on government websites," said Tuesday's circular.


China created a landmark government transparency regulation in 2008, asking administrative agencies to disclose information that is relevant to the public's interests.

In May of this year, the State Council asked the country's central government departments to publicize their spending on overseas trips, vehicles and receptions, three items that are commonly believed by the public to be sources of corruption and waste.

Reports of officials using government-purchased cars for personal use, as well as tales of private parties and seminars funded with public money, have triggered widespread public outrage.

As of August 1, more than 90 central government departments have publicized their spending on overseas trips, vehicles and receptions, marking a concrete step toward the creation of a transparent and clean government.

The latest circular from the central government ordered all government departments to publicize the information "step by step."Source: Xinhua
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