China’s Transparency Is Just Thin Air

From Asia Times Online:

May’s arrival this year armed Huang Youjian for a short-lived fight against the government.

Huang, a retiree from Rucheng county in the southern province of Hunan, saw a local government report last autumn that revealed a possible corrupt deal involving his former employer, the county waterworks. Millions of dollars in investment appeared to have disappeared in the state-owned enterprise’s partial privatization.

Huang demanded that the county authorities make the report public. They refused.

So, when China’s first national regulations on government information openness took effect on May 1, Huang filed a case with the county court. He requested that the authorities be ordered to disclose the report’s contents.

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