civil servants

Translation: My Day as a Bit Player in Xi Jinping’s Drama

This summer, following a long travel hiatus due to concerns about COVID-19, Xi Jinping resumed his overseas and domestic travels. His itinerary has included visits to Hong Kong in late June, to Xinjiang in mid-July, and to...

Young Chinese Desperate to Be Civil Servants

A desperate civil service applicant in Nanjing, Mr. Wang, forged many CVs to make his own application stand out, stirring up yet another round of retrospection over China’s coveted civil service recruitment. From...

Masters of Subservience: China’s ‘Bureaucracy Lit’

At The New York Times, NPR’s Louisa Lim examines China’s popular ‘bureaucracy lit’, focusing on former official Wang Xiaofang’s Civil Servant’s Notebook. The genre has recently attracted increased...

Two Former Chinese Vice Mayors Executed for Bribery

Xinhua reports the executions for corruption of the former vice mayors of Hangzhou and Suzhou: Xu Maiyong, a former vice mayor of the city of Hangzhou in Zhejiang Province, was convicted of bribery, embezzlement and abuse of...

China Wants Bureaucrats to Shut Up

The CCP is cracking down on cadres’ speechifying, the Los Angeles Times reports: The problem, Communist Party functionaries say, is that civil servants talk too much — at meetings, in speeches and when speaking...

1,000 Cheaters Busted in National Civil Servant Exam

A thousand applicants have been caught cheating on China’s competitive civil service exam, some by wearing wireless transmitters through which they received the correct answers, according to China Daily: More than 300 exam...

Reading Quota Nothing But Trend – China Youth Daily

An interesting commentary on an interesting directive from the Shanghai government that requires civil servants to read a lot. Translated from China Youth Daily by CDT: “In order to expand the knowledge base in an all-around way and to promote life-long learning,” the Shanghai municipal government issued a trial directive, about building a study-style (Â≠¶‰π†Âûã) […]

Civil servants in China must do without – Alexa Olesen

From AP: China ordered civil servants to do without cars, elevators and air conditioning Tuesday as part of an energy-saving awareness campaign. The government targeted its employees with the one-day ban so that they could serve as an example to others, the official China Daily newspaper said, and because they use so much energy: the […]

China to Quiz Civil Servants on Their Morality – Reuters

From Reuters via the New York Times (link): China, trying to rein in official corruption which has blossomed alongside 30 years of economic reforms, is to examine civil servants on their morality as well as work performance, Xinhua news agency said. Morality would become a “key criterion” when making decisions on promotions, pay rises and […]



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