By Erik Crouch
Chinese bureaucracy is—apparently—a world of sex-tapes, excessive birthday parties, and officials who take bribes because they’re too afraid to turn them down. It is surprising, then, when a city deputy voluntarily publishes all of his personal financial information online: Zhang Tiancheng, deputy secretary of Hanshou, Hunan, did just that.
Zhang’s weibo post describes his career background, family, personal income, debts, and assets. His openness has been joyfully accepted by Chinese internet users, who “wish he can be a role model for the rest.” Zhang’s post, although very encouraging, also shows the depressing pitfalls of not being a corrupt official, especially the “debts” section:
Debts: Lent 74k to a friend with financial problems and never got anything back. 100k of house mortgage with a monthly payment of 777.7 yuan. Since I never got that 74k back from the friend, I also borrowed 30k from a friend and got a 10k loan from the bank for my daughter’s wedding. I have a housing fund of 25k and my wife 17k. We have no savings nor cash.