City Image Building Lines Official Pockets

From Caijing Magazine:

An imposing government building in one of the least developed cities in Hunan Province stands as a visible reminder of extravagant overspending by more than a dozen local officials nabbed in a corruption scandal.

The so-called “white house” of Loudi, a six-story edifice with a grand dome, is at the center of court hearings that recently got under way.

The Loudi story also points to widespread problems tied to “image” construction projects by local governments across China – an issue that the country’s central authorities have tried to control since 2007.

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