China to Become More Open with Information
By Mei Manuel, November 22, 2017 05:11 AM
In order for the world to understand China, the Chinese central and local governments would be providing more information.
According to the report of China Daily on Tuesday, State Council Information Office minister Jiang Jianguo said, "We should be open-minded to talk about our disadvantages calmly and conflicts with other countries frankly." He also said that China should be more confident in discussing its political thought and how it governs. It must also not shy away from "talking about hot-button issues"
China has a strict control over its media outfits and the internet, creating a "Great Firewall" aimed at restricting overseas websites. It is also stopping the use of virtual private networks which netizens tend to use to bypass the country's censorship.
Last week, US NGO Freedom House reported that China ranked last in its internet freedom ranking. It also cited censorship targeting ethnic minorities, media and civilians.
Even academic publications are not exempted in China's Great Firewall, forcing them to block access on articles that are considered in violation to local regulations.
However, it is said that local authorities have been urged to improve the transparency, speed and accuracy of both economic and environmental data to bolster performance and the media is also encouraged to report local officials if they are accountable for certain issues.
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