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Honesty and Uprightness (I)
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Stamp Title: Honesty and Uprightness (I)
Serial Number: 2018-17
Value in Set: 4
Denomination: 4.8 yuan
Date of Issue: 2018-07-06
Designer: Hu Bozong
Size of Stamp: 33×44mm
Perforation: 13.5
Sheet Composition: 12
Printer: Shenyang Post Printing Factory
Printing Process: Offset Printing

China Post issued a set of four special stamps of Honesty and Uprightness (I), namely Honesty is Treasure, Yangxu Refuses Gifts, Free from Corruption and Bribery, and Creation of the Official Denunciation of Bribery with a denomination of 4.8 yuan (0.72 U.S. dollars), on June 24, 2018.

The culture of an honest and upright administration has a long history in China, and is an important part of Chinese traditional moral cultivation. People detest corruption and honesty and uprightness are expected of officials.

In the 5,000-year history of civilization in China, those who are upright, honest and self-disciplined have been the subject of many stories which have become classics in  Chinese culture. These characters and stories are of great significance for promoting an honest and upright administration education among Party members and cadres.

The stamps feature widespread stories of four imperial court officials who were upright and honest, from the Spring and Autumn period (770 B.C.-.476 B.C.)to the Qing Dynasty (A.D.1636—A.D.1912).

The story "Honesty is Treasure" took place in the Spring and Autumn period . Zi Han, a virtuous minister in the State of Song, was one of the six ministers. Someone got a beautiful jade stone and wanted to dedicate it to Zi Han. He refused and told the man, "You take jade as a treasure, I regard honesty and uprightness as a treasure. If I accept your gift, you will lose your treasure and so will I. So, we'd better keep our own treasures respectively."

The story "Yangxu Refuses Gifts" happened in the Eastern Han Dynasty (A.D.25-A.D.220). Yang Xu was the mayor of Nanyang County, which was a position of high authority. A subordinate government official presented live fish to Yang, but he hung the gifts in the hall. When the official presented fish again, Yang showed him the fish in the hall and refused.

The story "Free from Corruption and Bribery" took place in the Ming Dynasty (A.D.1368―A.D.1644). Yu Qian was a famous minister who had achieved glorious success. One year, others persuaded him to curry favor with the bigwigs to get promotions when he was to be debriefed by the emperor in the capital. Yu gave a flick of his sleeves and dismissed it. Then he wrote a famous verse of "Having an audience with the emperor with only fine breezes in both sleeves." Chinese today often use "the sleeves swaying with every soft breeze" to describe an official free from corruption and bribery.

The story of "Creation of the Official Denunciation of Bribery" occurred in the Qing Dynasty. Yu Chenglong, a famous minister, was praised by Emperor Kangxi and the people for his outstanding achievements and honesty during his 24 years in office. A county magistrate under the jurisdiction of Yu sent a generous gift to him for the Mid-Autumn Festival. Yu immediately rejected the gift and created an official denunciation of bribery, which forbid all officials from accepting bribes and a zero-tolerance policy towards offenders.

The set of stamps was designed by a member of the comic art committee of the China Artists Association called Hu Bozong, and printed by Shenyang Post Printing Factory.

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