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Does Lou Jiwei’s Exit Audit Report Count as a “State Secret”?

October 14, 2016

In February 2016, 80-year-old Beijing resident Wang Xiuying applied to the National Audit Office for “Open Information on the Exit Audit Report of Finance Minister Lou Jiwei, legal representative of China Investment Corporation and Central Huijin Investment Company Ltd.” The National Audit Office rejected the application, however, on the grounds that the “contents of Open Government Information disclosure involve state secrets.” However, contradicting this decision, a response from the National Administration for the Protection of State Secrets (NAPSS) confirmed that there was no state secrets classification level related to the audit report. Hence, Wang applied for a case review, but the original response was upheld. For this reason, she brought a case against the National Audit Office to the Beijing Municipal No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court for violating the laws related to open government information disclosure. The court will hold a closed hearing of the case on October 21, 2016, at 9:30am, in Courtroom No. 2.

Wang Xiuying is a victim of the demolitions carried out by Beijing authorities in preparation for the 2008 Olympic Games. She was sentenced to one year of Reeducation-Through-Labor as a result of defending her rights. The authorities rescinded the sentence following appeals and attention from international human rights organizations and the media. 










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