The State Bureau for Letters and Calls (SBLC), the government agency to receive and handle Chinese citizen’s petitions and appeals, has recently decided to intensively train city and county-level bureau chiefs. The first session was held from May 10 to 16 in Beijing. SBLC plans to train 600 officials in 2010.
According to the People’s Daily, the focus of the training includes the “capability to handle emergent situations,” and “comprehensive abilities to guide Internet public opinion and interact with new media.”
[Editor’s Note: This is the Beijing regime’s response to ever-escalating situations of social instability, as reflected in rising numbers of petitions from grassroots citizens, increased incidents of large scale social unrest, and outbursts of public discontent on the Internet.]
Source: People’s Daily, May 13, 2010