In December, the CCP Politburo vowed to cut down on the ”extravagance, formalism and bureaucracy” that has long been a part of official party and state conduct. On the list of extravagant activities to be nixed were the heavy traffic controls, expensive receptions and lengthy but hollow state media reports that routinely accompany official visits. The December announcement was in line with the anti-corruption message that CCP general secretary Xi Jinping has been toting since his appointment to the highest of party positions in November. An article from People’s Daily notes that Xi has recently reiterated his commitment to cutting down extravagance:
Chinese leader Xi Jinping has urged all official organs to keep a frugal lifestyle and resolutely oppose extravagance.
Xi, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), made the written comment on recent news reporting, noting that the fine Chinese tradition of “being diligent and thrifty” and the idea of “honor to frugality and shame to extravagance” should be promoted among all walks of life.
The masses have posed strong opposition to extravagance, Xi said, expressing deep sorrow when he thought of many people in poverty.
All government organs, institutions, state-owned enterprises and non-profit organizations as well as officials at various levels should set exemplary examples of putting an end to extravagance, Xi said.
In the lead up to the first session of the 12th National People’s Congress set to commence on March 5, Xinhua announces that extravagance will indeed be curtailed at this first meeting of China’s new parliament:
The NPC Standing Committee statement said expenditures will be tightened for the first session of 12th NPC. The intensity and duration of traffic controls during the session should be properly limited and road closures should be kept to a minimum.
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