BEIJING tried to ease fears among local civil servants yesterday that opinions they expressed in meetings with mainland officials would be made public. Chinese leader of the Joint Liaison Group, Chen Zuo'er, said they would not disclose 'inappropriate remarks' made by local officials during the coming informal get-togethers of the two sides. But Mr Chen declined to explain what kind of information would be disclosed. He said the informal meetings would be held in a relaxed atmosphere. 'I believe it will be a happy dialogue rather than communication under immense pressure,' he said. 'For a long time, there have been many opinions exchanged between China and Hong Kong officials, on both formal and informal occasions. Such dialogue has produced very good results. 'I believe civil servants understand the importance of such communications. They should be confident about such communications. They should not be worried,' he added. He said communication between officials from both sides was necessary and should continue. He reiterated that local civil servants were an important asset to the territory. Chief Secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang said that after the Bill of Rights row senior officials would be less frank at the informal meetings at the end of the month.