How Wide Is the Door to Chinese Governments’ Information Disclosure? – Duan Hongqing and Ye Doudou

Caijing Magazine reports on the new transparency ordinance and questions how far the government is willing to go:

The regulation on Chinese governments’ information disclosure, which was unveiled in late April and is to take effect on May 1 2008, will help the country open a door to better government , said Qin Hai, one of the key participants in drafting the regulation and an official with the Legislative Affairs Office of the State Council , in an exclusive interview with Caijing.

Concerns of the regulation are on its implementation. The government’s entrenched secrecy rules and local government interpretations may prevent the information door from opening wider, some sources have warned. [Full text]

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