More openness pledged for 2018
The State Council Information Office will play a better role in connecting China and the rest of the world with more openness and improved services this year, Jiang Jianguo, minister of the office, said on Dec 19. Last year, the SCIO, various ministries and local governments in China hosted thousands of news conferences to aid the work of media, Jiang said at a New Year’s reception hosted by the office in Beijing. The SCIO also released the latest version of a list of 244 spokespersons for central government departments and local governments, 88 of whom are new appointments. More than 400 people attended the event, including media representatives from China and overseas, spokespersons of central government ministries, foreign diplomats and representatives of international organizations.