Particularly, in the context of morality and citizenship. I am working on a project on China's proposed social credit system, and the term "sincerity" comes up frequently as a desired social good.
One example

Strengthen sincerity management and education among civil servants. Establish civil servant sincerity dossiers, enter civil servants’ personal credit information concerning reports on events, records of sincerity and cleanliness in government aairs, the results of annual evaluations, acts violating laws, disciplines and contract into their les, and make civil servants’ sincerity records into an important basis for assessment, employment and rewards. Deeply launch education concerning sincerity, abiding by the law and morality among civil servants, strengthen study of legal knowledge and credit knowledge, compile civil servants’ sincerity manuals, strengthen the legal and sincerity consciousness of civil servants, establish a line of civil servant teams that abide by the law and by sincerity, are highly efficient and clean.

  • I do agree it sounds particularly strange coming from a Western perspective. Integrity would be the desired attribute here in most Western contexts, although I'm not sure it captures the earnestness and indeed purity of heart required by the Chinese equivalent of sincerity.
    – Michaelyus
    Mar 18, 2019 at 9:51
  • @Michaelyus I think it should be "honesty"
    – Victor
    Mar 19, 2019 at 15:11

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The original word for the English translation sincerity is: 诚信.

I believe this is the exact original text from the English you quoted above:


Sincerity records are known as: 诚信档案.

MDBG defines this as:

genuine / honest / in good faith / honesty / integrity

  • 诚信 = 诚实守信 = honesty and trustworthiness
    – Victor
    Mar 19, 2019 at 15:16

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