In corruption studies, transparency is often discussed as a quality of public services or public administration, a quality that helps to reduce corruption.
This is not what this article focuses on, however. Instead, the focus of this article is the quality of the access to information related to corruption and anticorruption in China and how that affects our understanding about corruption. In this article, such information includes both factual and propagandistic information, the two of which are very often intermeshed and lumped together for presentation.
For this reason, it is even more important for us to be aware of this distinction in the discussion.