Ev­ery Bei­jinger Plays a Part

Beijing (English) - - EDITOR’S NOTE - Trans­lated by Wang Hui­hui Edited by Roberta Raine)

Bei­jingers like to say, “Bei­jing’s af­fairs are our own af­fairs,” a say­ing that shows their de­sire to take part in build­ing this city. A city is home to its peo­ple, and ev­ery­thing that takes place there af­fects ev­ery­one. The Peo­ple’s Gov­ern­ment of Bei­jing Mu­nic­i­pal­ity and the Bei­jing Mu­nic­i­pal Com­mit­tee of the Com­mu­nist Party of China (CPC) have taken var­i­ous mea­sures in terms of ur­ban de­vel­op­ment, con­struc­tion and man­age­ment, to im­prove the well­be­ing of Bei­jingers. Cai Qi, sec­re­tary of the CPC Bei­jing Mu­nic­i­pal Com­mit­tee, stated at the First Ple­nary Ses­sion of the 12th CPC Bei­jing Mu­nic­i­pal Congress that the CPC Bei­jing Mu­nic­i­pal Com­mit­tee will take the lead in car­ry­ing out peo­ple-ori­ented de­vel­op­ment ideas, en­hance peo­ple’s aware­ness, stand by them, sup­port them in new sit­u­a­tions, serve the peo­ple whole­heart­edly, and put in their best ef­forts to bring con­ve­nience, com­fort and ben­e­fit to the peo­ple by do­ing good deeds and prac­ti­cal work, and over­com­ing dif­fi­cul­ties.

Say­ing that the gov­ern­ment wants to work for the peo­ple is not just empty talk; it needs ef­fec­tive ac­tion. Re­cently, the Gen­eral Of­fice of the Peo­ple’s Gov­ern­ment of Bei­jing Mu­nic­i­pal­ity co­op­er­ated with 13 mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment de­part­ments to take the lead in for­mu­lat­ing Trans­par­ent Gov­ern­ment Af­fairs and Con­ve­nient Pub­lic Ser­vices Maps, which fo­cus on gen­eral pub­lic de­mands and ma­jor is­sues con­cern­ing peo­ple’s well­be­ing. The of­fi­cial web­site of the Bei­jing Gov­ern­ment (www.bei­jing.gov. cn) helps im­prove in­for­ma­tion dis­clo­sure and pub­lic ser­vices. De­tailed de­scrip­tions, fig­ures and pic­tures on the maps help the pub­lic to un­der­stand gov­ern­ment af­fairs and de­ci­sions closely re­lated to them.

Trans­par­ent Gov­ern­ment Af­fairs and Con­ve­nient Pub­lic Ser­vices Maps in­clude an Air Qual­ity Mon­i­tor­ing Map, an Ed­u­ca­tional Re­sources Dis­tri­bu­tion Map, a Med­i­cal and Health Ser­vices Map, an Aged Care Ser­vices Map, a Hous­ing Se­cu­rity Map, a “Veg­etable Bas­ket” Project Map, a One-quar­ter Com­mu­nity Ser­vice Cir­cle Map, a Capital His­tor­i­cal and Cul­tural Mu­se­ums Lo­ca­tion Map, a Capital Char­ac­ter­is­tic Tourism Map, a Smart City Wi-fi Ser­vices Map, a Tax Ser­vices Map and a Gov­ern­ment Ser­vices Map, cov­er­ing all the gov­ern­ment in­for­ma­tion that the peo­ple are most con­cerned about. To make these 12 maps pre­cise and help­ful, the mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment and re­lated de­part­ments have col­lected mass data, and lo­cated each site ac­cu­rately by do­ing dou­ble po­si­tion­ing checks us­ing vec­tor maps and satel­lite maps. On this ba­sis, the rel­e­vant units in Bei­jing will up­date the ex­ist­ing 12 maps now and then, while for­mu­lat­ing new maps as needed.

Bei­jing took the ini­tia­tive to for­mu­late the Trans­par­ent Gov­ern­ment Af­fairs and Con­ve­nient Pub­lic Ser­vices Maps, aim­ing to im­ple­ment the re­quire­ments of the cen­tral gov­ern­ment, pro­mote the con­cept of “In­ter­net Plus gov­ern­ment af­fairs dis­clo­sure,” im­prove the in­for­ma­ti­sa­tion, vi­su­al­i­sa­tion and in­ten­si­fi­ca­tion of gov­ern­ment af­fairs dis­clo­sure, in­crease the affin­ity, trans­mis­si­bil­ity and in­flu­ence of gov­ern­ment af­fairs, and ben­e­fit Bei­jingers.

City man­agers care for the peo­ple, while the peo­ple also con­trib­ute to the city as its mem­bers: Labour­ers stick to their posts in spite of the hot weather; work­ers are spar­ing no ef­fort to build Bei­jing’s ur­ban sub-cen­tre; sol­diers keep stand­ing at at­ten­tion in Tian’an­men Square; guides in yel­low uni­forms help peo­ple board buses at bus sta­tions; and san­i­ta­tion work­ers dis­pose of var­i­ous wastes even though the sweat pours down from their faces. They are rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the or­di­nary work­ers of Bei­jing, and through them peo­ple can see not only their pas­sion and ded­i­ca­tion, but also their deep love for this city.

Bei­jing is com­mit­ted to shift­ing its func­tions un­re­lated to the role as capital and im­prov­ing its en­vi­ron­men­tal gov­er­nance and ecol­ogy. Il­le­gal build­ings have been re­moved in many res­i­den­tial ar­eas and the space has been re­turned to the pub­lic. Res­i­dents grow plants spon­ta­neously wher­ever there is room to beau­tify the land­scape. Prop­erty man­age­ment has been con­ducted in many old com­mu­ni­ties with one-storey build­ings. Res­i­dents have “claimed” small streets and lanes and serve as street or lane guards, to en­cour­age more peo­ple to take part in en­vi­ron­men­tal su­per­vi­sion and pro­tect­ing the com­mu­nity.

Bei­jing’s af­fairs are Bei­jingers’ af­fairs. When ev­ery Bei­jinger as­sumes the re­spon­si­bil­ity as the city’s host, Bei­jing is bound to be­come bet­ter. (

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