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Government Report Obscures Trend in Funding Officials Overseas Trips

The National Bureau of Corruption Prevention of China announced that it made a “significant achievement” last year in preventing officials from using public funds to make overseas trips. “Compared to the average from the three years from 2006 to 2008, the number of government tourist groups going abroad, the number of person-trips involved, and public funds used for this purpose in 2010 registered a decline of 47.1%, 43.9%, and 32.6% respectively.”

However, a local newspaper, Beijing News, pointed out that, compared to 2009 figures, the above three measures actually increased by 1.9% for tourist groups, 1.6% for person-trips, and 5% for public funds.

Sources: Xinhua and Beijing News, February 4 and 6, 2011