China Wants Bureaucrats to Shut Up

The is cracking down on cadres’ speechifying, the Los Angeles Times reports:

The problem, Communist Party functionaries say, is that talk too much — at meetings, in speeches and when speaking off-the-cuff in public. It’s the official Chinese version of yada-yada-yada, blah-blah-blah.

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To set an example for his peers, Li Yuanchao, a top member of a key Central Committee department, told the state-run New China News Agency that he is keeping his speeches short during meetings. In one recent video-conference, he kept his remarks to just 10 minutes, officials said.

Vice President scolded underlings at a recent Central Party orientation meeting, declaring that bureaucratic long-windedness lengthened meetings and cut productivity.

So there’s a new unwritten policy among bureaucrats: when it comes to speechifying, less is more.

Scholars say long speeches by Chinese officials are legendary, often making a U.S. congressional filibuster seem like a haiku in comparison.

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