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Shenzhen’s chengguan sent abroad for training, public wondering what they learned

Posted: 09/27/2012 7:00 am

Members of the public want details of what Chengguan learned during government-funded overseas inspection trips last year, according to local media.

Eighty-six Chengguan, urban administators who are not police but do basic police work, were sent abroad last year to attend events such as the International Botanical Congress (IBC) according to the Nanfang Daily.

Netizens wondered why Chengguan were being sent for training, at the tax payer’s expense, to country’s where no such role exists, according to Shenzhen Daily.

The Urban Administration Bureau explained on its microblog Sept. 24 that most of the Chengguan were sent to train for the Universiade, and for the IBC which will be held in Shenzhen in 2017.

Chengguan were sent to countries such as Hungary, Poland, the United States and Canada, and the bureau said it may release the findings of an inspection report after it has been completed.

Chengguan are not popular figures in today’s China, as you can see from some of the earlier controversies we told you about.

However, some Chengguan did redeem themselves to many netizens in late 2010, according to Chinasmack.

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