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Studio interview: Online message board marks a big step forward

09-14-2010 08:29 BJT

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Chinese Internet users have swarmed to a message board on people.com.cn, in the past week after the website promised to pass their messages to the country's top leadership. Launched by People's Daily, the move is a new step by a Chinese media outlet, to bring the government and Party closer to the public. Full Story>>

Will this online message board work well as an efficient form of communication between the top leadership and the people?
Yes.
No.

For more on the online message board connecting the people and the top leadership, we are joined by our current affairs commentator, Gregory Yingnien Tsang.

1. Mr. Tsang, communication between the ordinary people and the top leadership has taken place in different forms before, but the online message board marks a big step forward as it enables ALL Chinese people to have their voice heard by the leaders. What do you think of its significance?

2. Tens of thousands of comments emerge on the website every day. Many doubt whether all these messages can be passed to the leaders. What do you think of the efficiency of the online mechanism?

Editor:Zhang Ning |Source: CNTV

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