The little book with all the most important office addresses. (Interntet Photo)
The address book of Xi Jinping, China's soon-to-be president, is on sale in China. The book has become a hot purchase for lobbyists and petitioners who come to Beijing seeking justice, reports Duowei News, an outlet operated by overseas Chinese.
The cover of the address book echoes the central government's renewed "war on corruption" with the words "chairman Xi has zero tolerance on corruption," along with a picture of the new leader. The addresses of Xi Jinping and premier-elect Wen Jiabao's offices are both on the first page of the booklet. Addresses of other important figures in the Communist Party of China aer also included. Among themL: Wu Bangguo, chairman of the National People's Congress' Standing Committee; Meng Jianzhu, secretary of the Central Politics and Law Commission; and Wang Qishan, secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection.
The little booklet goes for a humble six yuan (US$0.95). The new version, published after November's 18th National Congress, replaces the old Hu Jintao booklet.
Most contact information for China's top officials can be found on the internet, but the book is selling quite well at Yongding gate in Beijing, a place where lobbyists representing villages and small towns from around the country gather to air their their grievances. They often come carrying complaints about corruption or oppression from local governments, and come to Beijing to take their pleas to higher-ups within in the Party.
In just two months since Xi was announced as China's next leader he has already impressed some with his anti-corruption campaign. Lobbyists and petitioners feel they have a new hope of defending their legal rights against the powerful bureaucracy, according to Duowei.