China revealed new protocol regarding public information and state secrecy, in a promising step towards greater government transparency. Under the new laws, government officials are limited in what information they can deny the public by categorizing some information as “state secrets.” In the past, officials were able to refuse public access to information on topics such as the environment, and other matters generally perceived to be unrelated to national security. These new laws are meant to circumvent this kind of blanket censorship, but critics remain wary of the effectiveness of the new rules due to their vague wording. (Time Magazine, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal February 3, 2014)
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Every week, China Program’s Senior Advisor Dr. Robert A. Kapp compiles a reading list and provides commentary, for you to better understand China.
Robert A. Kapp is senior advisor to the China Program at the Carter Center. He has been principal of Robert A. Kapp and Associates, a business consulting firm, since 2004. From 1994 through 2004 he served as President of the United States-China Business Council…