Government to Begin Audits of Foreign Aid Programs in China

March 14, 2005

The State Audit Bureau will begin auditing foreign assistance programs in China for the first time in 2005, according to a report on the China Court Net. The government says the goal of this move is to strengthen the management of project funds and to increase project effectiveness. In 2004, the State Audit Bureau ignited controversy after it launched efforts to increase oversight of and improve transparency in government agencies by publicizing their audit results. The newly announced audit program suggests that development, human rights, and rule of law programs with foreign funding could be subject to such review.