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LinkAsia | Nov 2
China has been rocked by last week's New York Times report alleging that Premier Wen Jiabao's family is worth USD$2.7 billion. Contributor David Ba...
Meanwhile, China's third ranking official, Premier Wen Jiabao, is trying to use the uproar over the scandal to implement some new reforms. Chinese citizens have been critical of the lavish lifestyles enjoyed by party leaders and their children, the so-called Princelings, which includes Bo's son, Gua Gua. Here he is, shown partying it up at Oxford University. The Wall Street Journal reports that he's even seen driving around in a red Ferrari. The public outcry over antics like these have caused Wen to crack down on abuses.He published them in the party's journal, Cho-shi, which means Seeking Truth. Wen urged officials to undergo "stricter administrative inspection and audit supervision," including "supervision by the public." In particular, he called for tighter "management of officials," especially those who have "children and wives living overseas." He also called for abuses to be investigated as soon as they're discovered. And finally, he's pushing for a ban on what he called "luxury activities" including unnecessary trips abroad and receptions. Public money should never be spent on cigarettes and liquor, he writes. From now on, officials should only have access to one government car, not a whole fleet. Wen has been talking about reforms on and off for nearly a decade, but critics have noted that nothing's actually happened. If Wen is serious, though, he'll have to hurry up, since he's retiring at the end of this year. You can stay up to date with all of our reports by visiting our Facebook page at facebook.com/linkasia.