China Youth Daily Questions High Cost of PLA Commemoration in Poor City (subscription-only)

September 15, 2004

According to the China Youth Daily, Government and Party leaders in Wanyuan, a poor Sichuan city, used local funds on a gala commemoration of past PLA victory. The costs of the event amounted to half of Wanyuan's annual revenues. In an article on the event, Mao Shoulong of Renda's School of Public Administration notes "[D]ecision-making and spending are not always transparent." See story # 621.