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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 / EditorialsEditorialsOp-EdColumnistsContributorsCartoonsSpecialsFrom the PressForum TrendsFrom the ReadersDebateEditors Pick:Syrian refugeescyberspaceV-Day paradeshrimp scandalTPPRectifications needed, not excuses(China Daily) Updated:2014-07-04 08:40Comments Print Mail Large Medium SmallAt a recent State Council meeting, Premier Li Keqiang urged the State departments concerned to carefully rectify the problems exposed by the auditing authorities and report the actions taken to the State Council by the end of October; they will also be made public. Such a definite deadline is expected to prompt the departments to address the issue seriously and take practical measures to rectify the problems exposed during their audits, a Beijing News editorial said.Following the publication of the annual audit report by the National Audit Office in previous years, some State departments failed to offer to the public the expected information on how they were addressing the issues raised by the audit. Some even made an unsatisfactory response to the report, such as going all out to defend rather than rectify the problems mentioned.Following the publication of a recent audit report in which the audit authorities said that the China Medical Association had acquired from pharmaceutical enterprises 820 million yuan ($132 million) in endorsement fees in the preceding two years, an official from an institution under the National Health and Family Planning Commission even claimed the collection of the fees was a practice learned from the United States, an argument that was rightfully scorned for being more of a defense rather than an apology for malpractices or a vow to rectify the practice.This is not an isolated case. Following this years audit, which said the countrys social security fund suffered a total loss of 6.953 billion yuan in terms of its self-operating investment from 2010 to 2013, causing widespread public concern over the safety of the enormous fund closely related to peoples pensions, the national council for the fund argued that the loss is related to the fall in the country capital market and that the investment project has gained 10.794 billion yuan in returns since 2005.While the relevant departments can offer their explanations as to how the problems mentioned by the audit authorities have arisen, they should do so in a more candid and pertinent manner, admitting if management factors were responsible for the loss and how they will prevent investment risks in the future.What the public anticipates most following the annual auditing furor is how the exposed problems will be rectified or resolved, rather than some vague explanations or defensive denials from the departments concerned.(China Daily 07/04/2014 page8)8.03KRelated StoriesSEC rethinking auditing penalties, lawyers sayAuditing storm should promote system reformChinese premier stresses public fund auditingMost Viewed Todays Top NewsDriving a nightmare in ChinaAdultery is more of a moral than legal crimeTax deal heralds better Sino-US tiesXi on potential landmark ROK visitFighting online soccer gamblingForum TrendsForum trends: Should Chinese care about “face”?Forum trends: Laowai, is the term offensive?Forum trends: What surprised you the most in China?Forum Trends: Things the West could learn from ChinaForum trends: Can true love be found online?Forum trends: Is it easy to get along with your Chinese in-laws?Forum Trends: Keeping pace with Chinas crazy driversColumnistsPLA participation in RIMPAC a milestoneNew concept of individualism appliesFeatured ContributorsSuicide rate could rise amid modernizationUS, not China, key to Peninsula issueStar BloggersParents or grandparents – who should look after children? 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