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There have been many studies that have investigated the history of the meritocratic competitive testing of public officials, with historians of and researchers in administrative science concluding that China was the first country to apply the principle of merit in selecting public officials through open competition. The novelty of the approach set out in this article is to analyse historic facts through the eye of an employee who has significant experience in the public administration ofdoi:10.5771/1435-2869-2019-2-253 fatcat:xukvnqusgnbqhp2sdsymstiuaq