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Citizens’ Proposal

December 13, 2012

In this open statement (Chinese only), 65 Chinese citizens, including university professor Ai Xiaoming (艾晓明) and noted activist Hu Jia (胡佳), urge that China’s 205 highest-ranking officials disclose their assets and income, along with that of their spouses and children, for public scrutiny during the 2013 National People’s Congress as concrete actions to combat corruption. These 205 officials are those at the ministerial level and above. Ai et al state that the new leaders of the Party have emphasized their resolve to fight corruption and note that history has long proven that disclosing officials’ assets is one of the best ways to do this. They also point out that their proposal keeps with the constitutional provision guaranteeing the right of citizens to criticize and make suggestions to any state organs and officials.