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Member of the National People’s Congress: Too Many Government Officials

City Express, a newspaper based in the city of Hangzhou, recently reported a comment made by Liu Xirong, a member of The National People’s Congress (NPC), Vice Chairman of the NPC Law Committee, and former Deputy Secretary of the Communist Party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection. Liu suggested that China is “overflowing with government officials.” Four years ago, there were six million government officials nationwide. Now the number is ten million. Based on his experience working in the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, Liu expressed the belief that it is very hard to manage that many government officials. The cost of their salaries, benefits, training, and administration is very high. “The tax payers have to pay for all this,” Liu sighed. “No matter how hard the people work, they will not be able to afford so many public servants.”

Source: City Express, March 11, 2012