Chinese Agencies Defy Cabinet Order on Transparency

Posted July 26th, 2011 at 3:20 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese state media say dozens of government agencies have failed to comply with a Cabinet order that they make public their spending on overseas travel, official vehicles and receptions.

The Communist Party-controlled Global Times said Tuesday that almost half of the 98 government agencies have not released the figures, despite an order from the State Council, or Cabinet, that they do so by the end of June.

An official quoted in the newspaper says the figures that have been released are vague and give the public no idea of how the money has been spent.

The official, a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Committee, says the purpose of the order was to enable the public to more closely supervise public spending.

Concern about graft and corruption has contributed to unrest in several areas of China in recent months. The Cabinet order focused on spending in three areas that are particularly vulnerable to abuse.