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Commercial Times: Reflections on transparency

Commercial Times: Reflections on transparency

Taiwan editorial abstract (File 6 of a daily roundup) Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao held an online chat with hundreds of millions of Chinese netizens recently through Xinhuanet.com in an effort to learn about people's concerns through the Internet.
Taiwan's administrative team should feel ashamed, as while it often claims to put itself in the people's shoes when formulating policy, it tends to lack transparency in plotting policy initiatives.
Wen's online interview is also symbolically significant as it manifests the Chinese authorities' emphasis on the importance of the new media and their efforts to win the hearts and minds of the large Chinese Internet population.
Regrettably, even though Taiwan outpaces China in terms of Internet penetration, its leaders have so far not paid due attention to the views and opinions of local netizens, far less holding regular chats with them.
During his two-hour chat with Chinese netizens, Wen responded to questions about national policies, housing prices, medical care, education and his hobbies.
He gave a clear indication that China will continue its stimulus policy to bolster economic development in the coming year.
This should benefit a number of Taiwanese investors in China and we hope our government will study whether it can open up a window of opportunity for local businessmen through China's experience.
(By Sofia Wu)




Updated : 2021-05-14 07:10 GMT+08:00