China plans to close thousands of offices established by
regional governments in Beijing following longstanding allegations of
corruption, the influential Outlook Weekly reported in its latest
The report said that various offices representing administrative
departments of regional governments, management committees of economic
development zones or governments at county levels will be closed within six
It is estimated that there are more than 10,000 such offices,
including 5,000 established by county-level governments.
director of public administration studies teaching and research section of the
National School of Administration, said that many offices have become mere
"reception centers" instead of offering other functions.
calculation will put the total expenditure of those offices at more than 10
billion yuan," the report said, citing an anonymous expert.
offices, such as those set by provincial governments, autonomous regions and
municipalities, will be kept to continue their work to promote regional economic
growth and contributing to stability in Beijing.
It was also reported
that the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Communist Party of
China, a powerful anti-corruption watchdog, began a major investigation of the
offices in 2006. Other senior officials also warned against the corruption in
these offices and urged authorities to strengthen regulations.
problems with the Beijing offices targeted for closing, in addition to the large
number, are the lack of clearly defined responsibilities and an underdeveloped
supervision mechanism, according to the report.