China Communist Party Publicity Echoes Bryan Adams Hit

The Guardian reports on the first media tour of the Central Party School in Beijing:

“[The purpose of] our party is to serve the people. We have nothing to hide,” said Chen Baosheng, vice president of the Central Party School, which opened its doors to reporters for its first media tour today.

The visit to the Beijing institute – which trains all mid-ranking and senior officials and develops theory – was part of an unusual publicity drive as the party marks its 89th anniversary this week.

The secretive department – which oversees personnel in state-owned enterprises, the party and government – held a press briefing on Monday.

“In recent years the Central Party School and indeed the whole Communist party system has not interacted very much with the outside world, and that is something we are trying to change,” said Chen.

A Beijing-based political analyst Russell Leigh Moses said: “This is something of a reform, though more a repackaging and representation. “It’s designed to bring out a better spin – which officials in Beijing could benefit from.


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