Wednesday, April 23, 2014   

New China leaders urge end to 'pointless meetings'
(12-05 16:30)

China's new leaders have urged an end to ''pointless'' meetings, speeches and other time-wasting events, state-run media said on Wednesday in the latest call for improved governance.
Since being unveiled as the ruling Communist Party's top brass last month, party chief Xi Jinping and others have trumpeted pledges such as better serving the people and tackling hot-button issues including official corruption.
Politburo members agreed to slash bureaucracy, from the size of escorts that accompany leaders on trips to the publication of official documents, the state news agency Xinhua said.
Xi's first remarks as party chief last month had little of the Communist terminology -- or references to socialist figures such as Karl Marx and Mao Zedong -- that peppered the speeches of his predecessor Hu Jintao.
   
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