Chinese leaders encouraged to blog

Perhaps stung by criticisms that they are out of touch with the people or maybe the fact that the Chinese population has taken to blogging in a big way, but Chinese lawmakers are being encouraged to write their own blogs.

Some 5,000 Chinese delegates to the National People’s Congress are eligible to write their own blogs which are being hosted by the People’s Daily web site – written in Chinese characters.

However only eight or so have currently taken up the challenge of sharing their thoughts with the people. Given the track record of the Chinese authorities towards dissenting opinions, its not surprising that most of the blogs toe the party line. For example one blogger, Zhou Hongyu who is clearly destined for great things in the party, wrote that serving in the Congress is a way to ‘fulfill my duty and be a better deputy. I hope to collect the wishes of the people, listen to their will and experience the people’s lives.’

However, some are willing to put their heads above the parapet. The Taipei Times article from Associated Press quotes one Pan Shiyi as saying ‘I disagree with new city construction that separates the rich from the poor.’ Bold sentiments although apart from being an NPC deputy, Pan is also a Beijing developer.

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