Sun, Jul 25, 2004 - Page 5 News List

Chinese Politburo plans work report to polish its image

AFP , BEIJING

The Chinese Communist Party's top body, the Politburo, will present a report on its work for the first time in September in a bid to appear more accountable, state-media said yesterday.

The party's 24-member Political Bureau would deliver the report to the Communist Party's 198-member Central Committee meeting, the Xinhua news agency reported.

The meeting would focus on improving the party's competence in governing the country, which is considered an issue of "strategic importance" to the socialist cause and to the country's stability, Xinhua cited official sources as saying.

The Communist Party is faced with the challenge of improving its image and legitimacy as public discontent about corruption and official abuse of power run high.

A majority of protests and grievances by farmers, workers or other citizens involve wrongdoings by government officials or institutions at various levels.

But critics have said that no amount of internal supervision can be as effective in cleaning up the party's ills than external supervision created by increased democracy for the people and the media.

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