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New Regulations: Officials Must Report Personal Matters

On July 11, Xinhua published new government regulations. Going forward,  government and state company officials are required to report about their personal matters. Under the new rules, officials from the midlevel and up, including Party and nonparty members, and those working for state-owned companies must report personal information including changes in marital status, personal assets including property and investments, and business activities by spouses and children. They must also report the whereabouts of spouses and children living abroad and whether children are married to foreigners, including people from Hong Kong or Taiwan. Punishment for failing to report ranges from criticism in private and public reprimand to dismissal.

Source: Xinhua, July 11, 2010