In recent weeks, many children of local Party and government officials have been surrounded by questions about improprieties in the handling of civil service examinations, with allegations that rigged exams have ushered the well-connected into official government posts. A recent issue of China Comment (半月谈) argued that “fair, impartial and open” principles for civil service examinations were crucial to ensuring fair competition for government posts for those who wished to serve their country, and to ensuring that the testing system had credibility. In this cartoon, posted by the Kunming-based studio Yuan Jiao Man’s Space (圆觉漫时空) to, a grown parent tiger donning a senior official cap cuddles with his cubs, who are wearing junior official caps.

David Bandurski

CMP Director

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