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Premier calls for more transparent government affairs

Updated: Mar 26,2013 5:11 PM     Xinhua

Premier Li Keqiang, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, speaks during the first anti-corruption work conference held by the State Council, in Beijing, China, March 26, 2013. Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli and Secretary of the CPC's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection Wang Qishan, both members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of CPC Central Committee, also attended the meeting. [Photo by Rao Aimin/Xinhua]

BEIJING -- Premier Li Keqiang said on March 26 that making power open and transparent is the most effective way to combat corruption.

Li made the remarks at a State Council meeting dedicated to anti-corruption work, the first such meeting held by the new cabinet.

Li urged authorities to disclose information related to environmental pollution, food safety and production safety that is related to the vital interests of the people, as well as to tell the public the truth in an active and timely fashion.

The premier asked all levels of government to detail and deepen the openness of their budgets and final accounts, as well as their government-funded overseas trips, vehicles and receptions.

Governments at or above the prefectural level should also disclose their expenditures for government-funded receptions starting this year, he said.

The way information is disclosed by the government should be easily understood by the public, he said.