New austerity drive: No luxury banquets or liquor for China military

China army

The Chinese military has been asked to strike off luxury banquets and liquor from its list of do's while hosting receptions for high-ranking officers, under a new austerity-cum-simplicity drive.

According to new regulations, such receptions should be kept simple and devoid of pomp.

Ten regulations drawn up by the Central Military Commission now headed by China's new Communist Party leader, Xi Jinping, who succeed Hu Jintao last month, said the events should be free of welcome banners, red carpets, floral arrangements, formations of soldiers, performances and souvenirs.

The regulations also prohibit commission officials from staying in civilian hotels or military hotels specially equipped with luxury accommodation during inspection tours.

The regulations also require officials to cut both the number and length of inspection tours, overseas visits, meetings and reports.

The measures were stated to be part of a drive to inculcate simplicity and cut down expenditure.

The regulations state that speakers at meetings should avoid empty talk, while commission officials will not be allowed to attend ribbon-cutting and cornerstone-laying ceremonies, celebrations or seminars unless they have received approval from the of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee or the Central Military Commission, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

The use of vehicles equipped with sirens will be rigorously controlled during official visits in order to prevent public disturbances.

Additionally, commission officials are also required to discipline their spouses, children and subordinates and make sure they do not take bribes.

The Central Military Commission enacted the regulations to echo the new central leadership's call to improve work styles.

At a meeting of the political bureau of the CPC Central Committee held on December 4, participants approved regulations calling for political bureau members to improve their work in eight ways, with a particular focus on reducing extravagance and bureaucracy.

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