Zuo Yuanfeng & Ding Yimin, China View | January 9, 2009
Last year Chinese officials held a record number of press conferences. ++ For the first time Chinese president Hu Jintao joined a chat on a news portal. ++ Vice mayor Li Ou hosts one of the most popular Chinese blogs. ++ This, along with online debates on proposed laws, shows Chinese confidence in improved, transparent governance. ++ But Internet outcries over corrupt officials, while sometimes effective, are not formally recognized. ++ China needs clear procedures to react on online information to help it on its long path to democracy.