China bans extravagant official galas in an effort to curb graft
ReutersBEIJING--China will ban officials from holding extravagant galas linked to official meetings that have hurt the image of the government, the latest move by President Xi Jinping to fight corruption, state media said on Tuesday.
August 14, 2013, 12:00 am TWN
All areas of government will be barred from using their funds to organize galas, often staged with expensive celebrities, state news agency Xinhua reported, citing a circular from the government.
Xinhua said the grandiose performances were “extravagant and wasteful” and had “damaged the image of the Chinese Communist Party and the government, triggering public complaints.”
Anyone flouting the ban will be punished, Xinhua said.
Large-scale meetings of government and the ruling party, such as those of provincial legislatures, are often marked by variety shows featuring made-up child performers and people dressed up as happy ethnic minorities.