Central government seeks strengthened authority to improve efficiency – Chinaelections

From Chinaelections.org:

Perhaps the most unpleasant alert that Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao heard from the country’s political advisors at their annual full session this year was a popular witty doggerel:

“Hoodwinking starts from villages, then the lies are copied by township officials without changes, which roll all the way from county officials to the State Council, whose orders are heralded word for word in an inverted pyramid of rank, but only end in receptions that make messengers drunk.”

Though the tricksy jingle exaggerates a little, it partly reflects the truth that the central authorities’ policies are at least covertly discounted, if not openly opposed, by some local officials in implementation, said Yang Zhifu, who quoted the satire to Premier Wen on March 4 at a panel discussion of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee’s annual session. [Full Text]

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