Understanding China, One Blog at a Time

An American in China

Archive for June 20th, 2010

China Vetting its Officials

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 20, 2010

The Chinese communist government has a new idea to vetting their public officials. They have decided to post” candidates’ names, dates of birth, academic degrees, current posts and applied-for positions have been published online”.
To me this gets a big WTF! Yeah, maybe Obama could have used this idea, but dont most countries have a more professional form of vetting, Ie. background checks by the CIA, etc?

“Starting Friday, a total of 696 candidates competing for 241 posts in municipal and district governments in Beijing will be subject to a seven-day public review, according to an office set up by Beijing’s organization department. All of the candidates’ names, dates of birth, academic degrees, current posts and applied-for positions have been published online, as part of the review.

Anyone objecting to any of the candidates will have the opportunity to dial one of three telephone numbers to express their disapproval.

Candidates will also have to submit details about 10 further things, including properties owned by them, changes in marital status, financial investments and the employment status or legal liabilities of spouses or children.

Candidates will be excluded if they are found to have concealed information about themselves or tried to mislead, according to an official from the city’s organization department who was quoted by Beijing Times.

The official told the newspaper candidates will not suffer any negative impacts if their revelations comply with rules and laws.

The move for greater transparency in the capital follows a string of similar initiatives from local governments in other areas that now require officials to report on their personal status.

Starting Jan 1, officials slated for promotion to county-level status in Yinchuan, capital of the Ningxia Hui autonomous region, had to reveal family assets, including debts, to their departments.

In February 2009, the Altay prefecture, a region in China’s northwestern Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, published reports filed by more than 1,000 local officials about their families’ assets.

Cixi, in East China’s Zhejiang province, and Liuyang and Xiangxiang, in Central China’s Hunan province, have also brought in similar rules.”

Posted in Let me educate you..., News From China- Whats hot | 1 Comment »

Congrats to Mexico in The World Cup!!

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 20, 2010

In China they are going crazy watching the world cup, even though they are not participating. But what about Mexico?? What a great victory over France!!!

Posted in Ranting in general | Leave a Comment »

China Sundays

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 20, 2010

Sunday again in dear old China and no, no one, or almost no one is going to mass, to church etc. It is really bizarre to live in a place where the people are not “people of the book”, as are Christians, Muslims, and Jews. For my research, I found out that China, in all her history, is the only major country to never have had such an organized religion. There is of course Dao’ism etc, but from what the author has said, I take it to mean that to us these would be classified as mysticism, or superstitions rather than a real religion.

Posted in Let me educate you... | 2 Comments »