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Premier Wen promises improved administrative transparency

(Xinhua)

07:57, March 27, 2012

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao addresses the State Council's conference on anti-corruption work in Beijing, capital of China, March 26, 2012. (Xinhua/Liu Weibing)

BEIJING, March 26 (Xinhua) -- Premier Wen Jiabao Monday pledged to improve the transparency of the government's operations and create more conditions for the public to supervise the government.

The anti-corruption work at present is still not up to the expectations of the public, Wen acknowledged at the State Council's annual conference on anti-corruption work.

"Corruption is the most crucial threat to the ruling party," Wen stressed, adding that corruption may completely undermine the country's political foundations if not dealt with properly.

Wen also gave a briefing on the anti-corruption policies to be adopted in six major areas, including government procurement, project bidding, publication of budgets and cutting administrative costs.

Those reform plans highlighted various institutional arrangements concerning intensified supervision of powers and enhanced transparency.

Wen urged the country to speed up the establishment of a unified electronic platform for government procurement and a national market for project bidding and transactions of public resources.

Public money is banned from being used for buying cigarettes, high-end liquor and gifts, and state-owned or controlled enterprises and financial entities are forbidden to sponsor ceremonies, seminars and forums unrelated to their business operation, Wen stressed.

Wen also urged ministries and local government agencies to ease the restrictions on social investments and provide equal access for private investors.

On the use of public funds, Wen noted that public spending on receptions, vehicle purchases and maintenance, and overseas travel should be open to public scrutiny.

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