Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Monday, August 30, 2010

Transparency with Chinese characteristics

The Politburo has called for more transparency in grassroots party organs. Will this trend extend to the top of the Party?

Chinese leaders vow to make Party affairs public
The Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee has instructed CPC local branches to be more open in Party affairs.

Members of the 25-strong Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee at a meeting Friday discussed and adopted a document that stressed the importance of openness in Party affairs, said a statement issued after the meeting.

The meeting was presided over by CPC Central Committee General Secretary Hu Jintao…

Openness at Party grassroots organizations was also an important measure to strengthen supervision within the Party, to regulate authority and to build clean and honest grassroots Party organizations, the meeting was told.

The statement said efforts should be made to safeguard Party members' rights to know, to participate, to elect, to express and to supervise, so as to enhance their participation in Party affairs.

It was also necessary to expand channels for them to express opinions and to build a favorable environment for democratic discussion and supervision in the Party, the statement said.

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