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Officials face online challenge over assets

LED by a high school teacher in eastern China, people around the country have been enthusiastically publishing details of their personal assets online to urge officials to do the same.

A teacher at a private high school in Ningbo City, Zhejiang Province, identified as Chen, posted details of his assets on March 12 after a senior member of the National Political Consultative Conference asked why ordinary people and businessmen never published their personal assets but officials were required to do so, the Oriental Morning Post reported yesterday.

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

The teacher listed all his income including shopping vouchers that were gifts from students' parents.

Chen said he wished officials would publish details of the gifts they had received.

If he was disciplined because he accepted student's parents' gifts, he wanted all officials to be treated likewise, the report said.

Chen listed his tools, home decorations, his 4,000-yuan (US$585) salary and even his girlfriend. He explained that many officials kept mistresses and treated them as personal belongings. His girlfriend agreed with what he was doing, he added.

His actions drew thousands of online comments and prompted others to follow his example. Chen's post at has been viewed more than 100,000 times and attracted more than 1,300 responses.

If officials published details of their assets in the future, Chen said, then he would not publish his any further as it was unnecessary for ordinary people to do so.


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