Translation: The Ten Commandments of Provincial Party Officials

An undated photograph circulating on the internet in appears to show a slide from a presentation at the Province Party Committee School’s Institute of Public Administration, listing the “Ten Commandments for Leaders“:

Slide listing the "Ten Commandments of Leadership"

  • Don’t speak nonsense, gibberish, bunkum, or balderdash during interviews
  • Don’t smoke expensive name-brand cigarettes in public
  • Don’t wear wristwatches during business engagements
  • Don’t drink expensive alcohol during routine social engagements
  • Don’t make the forearm jerk during inspections
  • Don’t blithely plagiarize in writing for publication
  • Don’t smile when visiting disaster areas
  • Don’t post to Weibo about your appointments
  • Don’t journal about sowing your wild oats
  • Don’t take on the role of press spokesperson during an emergency

There is precedent for these “commandments,” some from the early days of Weibo (2009-). For example, the admonishment against expensive watches recalls Yang “Watch Brother” Dacai, a Shaanxi official with a collection of nearly a dozen. In August 2012, Yang was caught grinning at the scene of a deadly traffic . He was swiftly removed from his post and sentenced to 14 years in prison. The year before Yang’s fatal mistake, an official in Jiangsu, Xie Zhiqiang, mistook Weibo for a private messaging service, inadvertently chatting publicly with his mistress about hotel arrangements. In 2013, a leaked sex tape earned 13 years in prison for Chongqing district Party secretary Lei Zhengfu.

is unclear why this is making the rounds right now, though there is a timelessness to officials embarrassing themselves.

Read the original post at CDT Chinese.

Translation by an anonymous CDT translator.

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