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City officials asked to publish assets

AUTHORITIES in a central Chinese city have asked government officials to publish their personal assets in a move to tackle corruption.

The Liuyang City Discipline Inspection Commission has asked government officials to list their personal incomes, assets, travel, use of public vehicles, investments, wedding and funeral expenses, and the professions and property of their families. The information will be published in newspapers, on Websites and other media.

Liuyang City in Hunan Province is the third area in China to ask for officials' assets to be made public after Altay Prefecture in the northwestern Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and Cixi City in eastern Zhejiang Province, according to Shanghai Morning Post today.

The officials' personal assets would be online by June, the report said.

The personal assets of more than 1,000 current and retired officials were published online by the Altay Prefecture in February. This move was praised by residents with some hoping the practice could be introduced throughout the country.

A teacher at a private high school in Ningbo City, Zhejiang Province, identified as Chen, posted details of his assets on March 12.

Chen said on the that he and other ordinary people would publish details of their assets and called on the country's public servants to follow.

The teacher listed all his income including shopping vouchers that were gifts from students' parents. Chen said he wanted officials to publish details of the gifts they had received as well.


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