A new type of government-business relationship
On March 4, 2016, Xi Jinping proposed a "new type of government-business relationship" when he met with members of the Democratic National Construction Association and the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce in a discussion at the Fourth Session of the 12th CPPCC National Committee. He described it as a "close" and "clean" relationship.
In a "close" relationship, government officials must be open and forthright when interacting with private businesses, taking the initiative to provide them with the needed services and help them when they come across difficulties or problems. Government officials should spend more time communicating with private sector entrepreneurs, consulting with them, offering them the needed advice and helping them resolve issues in their operations, in a genuine effort to help grow the private sector.
For a "clean" relationship, government officials should keep a straightforward relationship with private businesses with no hidden agenda, or any intention or attempt to use their positions or authority to further private interests or for financial gains.
Private businesses, for their part, must maintain a "close" relationship with the government by being upfront and truthful about their situation, communicate with the CPC committees and government departments at different levels, and present candid views and constructive suggestions that will help promote local development.
A "clean" relationship means honest corporate citizens who do what is right and operate in full compliance with relevant laws and regulations.