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ASIAdocument.write(“” + m[today.getMonth()+1]+ ” “+ today.getDate()+”, ” + theYear + ” “);HOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperChina Daily Global PDFChina Daily Global E-paperOpinion / From the PressEditorialsOp-EdColumnistsContributorsCartoonsSpecialsFrom the PressForum TrendsFrom the ReadersDebateEditors Pick:Syrian refugeescyberspaceV-Day paradeshrimp scandalTPPJudge officials performance by peoples livelihoodBy Li Yang(chinadaily.com.cn) Updated:2014-08-14 16:48Comments Print Mail Large Medium SmallOnly when the governments in richer regions of China abolish the growth-based official performance evaluation system can the transformation of China really start, says an article in 21st Century Business Herald. Excerpts:More than 70 counties and cities have clearly indicated they will not evaluate civil servants performance by local economic growth. Some people think this is a signal that Chinas transformation from a growth-oriented development to a more sustainable development is speeding up.It may not be that easy to get that result.Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed that judging civil servants performance by the improvement of peoples livelihood, social progress and ecological protection in June last year.The central authority abolished the growth-based assessment system for poor regions and places with a weak ecosytem soon afterwards.Most of the 70 counties and cities are such regions. The local governments will focus more on improving poor peoples lives, and protecting the environment. The officials in these poor regions have enough reasons to get rid of the pressure from gross domestic product growth. It is natural for them to make the “difficult change” so fast.But few governments in the better-off eastern part of China have done so, because it is easier to attract investment and develop industries than protecting the already bad environment.The central government needs to urge governments in richer areas to divert more attention to peoples livelihoods and environmental protection. It means the real transformation of Chinas growth model.The downward pressure on the economy aggravates the local government debt issue, especially in eastern and central China. If these places continue to place the emphasis on GDP growth, the debt issue and many other problems distorting the economy in China will be beyond remedy.8.03KRelated StoriesExperts weigh in on Chinas GDP growthChange officials performance evaluation modeChina to improve evaluation system to cut GDP obsessionAbolish GDP-based evaluation of local govtMost Viewed Todays Top NewsDevelop minds as well as bodiesTradition versus safety hazardLonger maternity leave neededThe development of TibetWhats the best way to protect wildlife?Forum TrendsDoes education matter in a relationship?8 strange Chinese things in foreigners eyesWill you choose a naked marriage?What part of Chinese culture do you like most?The day you became financially independentShould you stay married for the kids?Women obsessed with pale skin?ColumnistsThe real story of China in AfricaPlease, stop for the sake of childrenFeatured ContributorsWhats the best way to protect wildlife?Anti-trust move is fair, not targeted at foreign firmsStar BloggersHow to overcome the language barrier in China By interdasglobalThe language problem impacts on every facet of life here and I recommend that before any foreigner is posted to China they are sent on an intensive conversational Chinese language courseWhat do you think about Chinese guys? By lexaleeA recent hot discussion on Chinese social media has been about the sorry physical appearance of Chinese men compared to women, who take more pains to look fashionable and attractive.British food, not only fish and chips By ColinSpeakmanLondon is famous for international cuisine and some say that is very good because who wants to eat British food?SpecialEx-Japanese PM: Abe should not visit Yasukuni ShrineChen Qinggang, keeping the world in focusLetters reveal Japanese war atrocities…| About China Daily | Advertise on Site | Contact Us | Job Offer |Copyright 1995 -. All rights reserved. The content (including but not limited to text, photo, multimedia information, etc) published in this site belongs to China Daily Information Co (CDIC). Without written authorization from CDIC, such content shall not be republished or used in any form. Note: Browsers with 1024*768 or higher resolution are suggested for this site.License for publishing multimedia online 0108263             Registration Number: 130349