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China Calls for Interactive Govt. Websites

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Internet users are not satisfied with government websites in China. So there is a rising demand for a more 'interactive' and 'helpful' government website according to an online survey. The survey was jointly conducted by China Youth Daily and news portal Sina.com.

Out of a total of 1,110 respondents, one-third felt the sites were only 'average', while six out of every ten respondents said government portals were not satisfactory. Less than 7 percent of the respondents thought government websites were 'satisfactory'.

Calling for more interaction with officials through government websites, nearly one-third of the respondents thought there should be a 'two-way exchange' and the public and policymakers should have more online direct chats. Governments and ministries at various levels have their own websites, but most of them are used for posting notices and information only. One-fifth of the respondents wanted government websites to improve efficiency, while 15 percent of them hoped for timely updates of information and warnings.

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