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Government 'must utilize blogs better'

By Zhao Yinan and Wang Huazhong (China Daily)

08:15, January 19, 2012

Wang Chen, minister of the State Council Information Office, talks to reporters at a news conference in Beijing on Wednesday. The coming year will see an enhancement of China's engagement with the international community so that the world can have a better understanding of the country, Wang said.(China Daily Photo)

BEIJING - The government should better utilize micro blogs to provide information and improve transparency, a senior official said.

In the latest call for Party and government agencies to reach an increasingly Internet-savvy population, Wang Chen, minister of the State Council Information Office, said on Wednesday that agencies should open micro blog accounts to better understand public opinion and to respond to issues of public concern.

Describing micro blogs as an "important platform" for information and "a bridge" between the government and the public, Wang urged officials to keep their blogs up to date.

"Government micro blogs should provide information useful to the people, such as information about commerce, daily life and education," he said.

Micro blogs are increasingly popular in China, which has more than 500 million Internet users, more than any other country and far greater than the total population of the European Union.

More than 330 million Chinese people are registered micro blog users and at least 150 million entries are made daily.

Government agencies and Party departments at all levels have opened more than 50,000 micro blog accounts, and many of them help officials communicate with the general public.

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