Officials keen on increasing microblog
dialogues with public
09:51, July 13, 2012
BEIJING, July 12
Chinese officials want to communicate more with the
general public and grass-root civilian
staff through microblog, according to a Thursday
report by Chinanews.com.
In a latest example, a provincial official in east China's Zhejiang province had a “talk”
Wednesday with 6,000 graduate-turned village officials and users of t.sohu.com,
China's major microblogging sites.
Yao Zhiwen, deputy head of the Organization Department of Communist Party of
China (CPC) Zhejiang provincial committee, answered a volley of “aggressive”
and recorded complaints and suggestions from the Internet users during the
dialogue, or as someone described, a “microblog talk show.”
“I am fully prepared to hear some complaints even condemning voices,” Yao was
quoted as saying. He believed the talk could get him closer to the “real voices” from
the public and grass-root staff.
Microblog accounts run by officials or departments amounted to 50,561 as of the end
of 2011, according to a report released by the National Academy of Administration
earlier this month.
Direct online communication between officials and the public helps to eliminate the gap
between the different stratums and form a scientific decision-making process, Fan Yugang,
professor with the Party School of the CPC Central Committee, said in the
Sina, which runs China's biggest microblogging site Weibo.com, publicized in May
operation standards explicitly reminding the official Weibo accounts to not abstain from
interacting with the netizens and releasing information.
During Zhejiang official Yao's talk with citizens, a graduate-turned village official
complained that local village officials are poorly paid. Yao reported that immediately to
the head of local Organization Department Cai Qi, the China
news report says.
Cai Qi has 6.8 million followers on t.qq.com.
A favorable social response was also received in May after Chen Li, a police officer in
northwest China's Shaanxi province, released a post on Weibo.com inviting migrant
workers for dinner. On May 27, the police officer treated 11 migrant workers and their
families with a local specialty — pita bread soaked in mutton soup.
Improving the government's image was not the aim of opening official microblog
accounts, said Hu Yong, associate professor with the School of Journalism &
Communication, Peking University.
“Officials should face up to people's appeals and solve problems so as to practically
serve the people, that's the aim,” He said.