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Dear friends and colleagues,
The great communicator?
The Chinese authorities have come in for a lot of well-deserved criticism over the past year for their failure to communicate amidst the turmoil in the equity and currency markets. But there are signs that things might be changing. At Davos a few weeks ago, top Xi advisor Fang Xinghai admitted that the Chinese system “is not structured in a way to communicate seamlessly with the markets…[but] we can learn.” Then, last weekend, PBOC Governor Zhou Xiaochuan broke his nearly six-month silence to explain clearly and in depth the authorities’ approach to the currency.
The push towards better communication continued this week. Xi hosted a symposium on propaganda and the media, saying, “officials should improve their ability to interact with the media and make good use of it to publicize their policies and ideas”.
Xi’s statement echoed similar comments by Li Keqiang at a State Council meeting earlier in the week. According to official media, Li “called on authorities to reveal information to the public and respond to public concerns in an active manner, so that people can have confidence in society and a clear expectation from the market.”
|PBSC Week in Review|
Party General Secretary; PRC President; Chairman of Central Military Commission
|Feb 19||Xi chaired and spoke at a symposium on propaganda and the media.
From Xinhua: “All news media run by the Party must work to speak for the Party’s will and its propositions and protect the Party’s authority and unity, Xi said.
“They should enhance their awareness to align their ideology, political thinking and deeds to those of the CPC Central Committee and help fashion the Party’s theories and policies into conscious action by the general public while providing spiritual enrichment to the people, he said.
“Marxist journalistic education must be promoted among journalists, Xi added, to make them ‘disseminators of the Party’s policies and propositions, recorders of the time, promoters of social advancement and watchers of equality and justice.’”
|Xi went on an inspection tour of China Central Television headquarters.|
|Xi went on an inspection tour of Xinhua News headquarters.
|Xi went on an inspection tour of People’s Daily headquarters.
|Xi sent Latern Festival greetings on People’s Daily social media platforms.
|Xi spoke with villagers from Chixi village in Ningde, Fujian, through a live video chat from People’s Daily.
|Xi visited the editor of People’s Daily.
|Feb 13||Xi and Li signed orders to give an honorary title to a unit of the Chinese People’s Armed Police in eastern Shandong Province.
|Feb 17||Li chaired an executive meeting of the State Council.
The meeting focused on a work report on the implementation of the National People’s Congress motions and CPPCC proposals in 2015 and policy measures for the commercialization of scientific and technological research.
From Xinhua: “98.5 percent of deputies to NPC and 97.3 percent of members of the national committee of CPPCC are “satisfied” or “basically satisfied” with the implementation results.” Makes you wonder who the dissenters are….
|Feb 16||Li replied to the letter of Ma Xiliang, a resident of Guyuan, Ningxia.
|Feb 14||Li chaired an executive meeting of the State Council.
The State Council decided to advance the upgrade and innovation of the pharmaceutical industry, to promote the development of traditional Chinese medicine and to carry out pilot projects of the service trade.
|Feb 13||Li and Xi signed orders to give an honorary title to a unit of the Chinese People’s Armed Police in eastern Shandong Province.
Chair of the National People’s Congress
|Feb 15||Zhang chaired a meeting of the chairpersons of the NPC Standing Committee.
Next standing committee meeting will be held Feb 24-26.
Chair of the Chinese People’s Political
Head of Party
|Feb 19||Accompanied Xi on his visits to CCTV, People’s Daily and Xinhua.|
|Attended symposium on propaganda and the media|
Secretary of the Central Commission for
Executive Vice Premier
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