The problem isn't corruption or even plain incompetence. All public life in
Qiu Tian, NGO project manager, says the head of one town where seven schools collapsed turned away an NGO offering psychological counseling to pupils; he worried about "involving strangers working in his area" and lacked the expertise to conduct background checks, she says. Such caution tends to be strongest among lower-level officials in outlying townships.
[Excerpt of an article by Mary Hennock, Newsweek]