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Post time 2009-4-9 15:46:05 |Display all floors

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Well, we have seen this kind of reports (in Chinese) for decades. These reports did help bringing improvements of the system with soon-or-late governmental actions.  

I don't think CD is pioneering in this field at all. To some extent, CD is for non-C readers. Nevertheless, the CD article might signal further governmental considerations / actions towards some systematical changes.

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Post time 2009-4-10 11:50:49 |Display all floors
Originally posted by yry111 at 2009-4-9 15:46
Well, we have seen this kind of reports (in Chinese) for decades. These reports did help bringing improvements of the system with soon-or-late governmental actions.  

I don't think CD is pioneer ...


Yes, that's what I mean.
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Post time 2009-4-10 12:53:30 |Display all floors
The article is a good example of a very common dynamic in Chinese governmental affairs, namely the push and pull between the central government and local governments. That dynamic is not new to China. It has existed since the earliest dynasties. Due to the vastness of the country and the lower than optimal level and stature of communications, the central government often has difficulty getting local officials to behave the way the central government would like. Historically, irregardless of whether the central government attempts to dictate via proclamation, govern via written legislation, or administer via dispatched subordinates, there is less than 100% compliance by the locals. Sometimes a LOT lower than 100%. Sometimes 0%.

This dynamic is not well understood in the West where many simply assume that there is a single, unified, monolithic government that always acts in concert. In fact nothing could be further from the truth. In recent times the central government has attempted to use more novel ways to improve compliance by regional officials. Use of modern media to "out" wayward local officials is one example and has occurred with a fair amount of frequency. While emu, this may seem like an example of journalism "bringing issues...to light" a la the idealized Western concept of journalism, in fact it is only somewhat similar. In this, and other cases, what is really occurring is that the central government is utilizing modern media to speak directly with the local citizenry, bypassing any interference from local officials. In that sense it is somewhat akin to when a US President chooses to make an address to the nation rather than having an open press conference.

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Post time 2009-4-17 18:46:58 |Display all floors
Originally posted by iamnaive at 2009-4-17 18:44
So, I have learned, it is not CD which deserves merit for the report, since they are simply transmitting a central government "message" to the people.

Interesting.


So... by sending you here, it's the German government that has the attitude to be a provocator. Not you?

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