China has improved transparency of village affairs, including financial
information, in about 95 percent of the 680,000 villages on the mainland, a
senior civil affairs official said.
Chen Jiechang, vice minister of Civil Affairs, said about 60 percent of the
villages in China had promoted transparency of their affairs in a standardized
Chen said that improving transparency of village affairs, labeled the
Sunshine Project, together with efforts to promote grassroots institutions and
self-government by villagers, should be part of an important mechanism to
improve democratic management in rural areas and supervision over rural
A meeting on promoting transparency of village affairs was told last week
that computers and closed circuit television systems had been used in some
developed parts of rural China to publicize village matters deemed important by
village congresses, including expenditure and revenue.
Officials said the transparency campaign had proved helpful in fighting
corruption in village committees, which were in charge of village affairs, and
reducing abuse of village resources.