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Red Cross Society promises reforms

By Shan Juan (China Daily)

15:21, August 03, 2012

Zhao Baige, the executive vice-president of the Red Cross Society of China, at a news conference in Beijing on Thursday. (Photo/Xinhua)

In a bid to regain diminished public trust, the Red Cross Society of China has promised a series of reforms, including an online donation tracking system that is expected to be in place by year-end.

Zhao Baige, the society's executive vice-president, outlined the plans at a news conference in Beijing on Thursday.

The news conference follows the State Council's Tuesday release of guidelines on developing the country's Red Cross missions.

"The document, for the first time, clearly defines the nature, position, role, and responsibilities of the Red Cross in China today, which should be an open and transparent humanitarian organization, not just a fund-raising charity group," she said.

The guideline recognized the Red Cross as an indispensable auxiliary to the government in the humanitarian field, and as such, one that requires a favorable environment of law, policy, and public opinion.

"That's recognition and support from the government for the Red Cross, which previously suffered a credibility crisis," said Deng Guosheng, a professor specializing in philanthropic studies at the School of Public Policy and Management with the Tsinghua University in Beijing.

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