China Legislator Seeks to Criminalize Banquets

Zhao Linzhong, National People’s Congress delegate, is proposing an interesting piece of legislation. From AFP:

“Public spending on eating and drinking is a waste of social assets,” Zhao Linzhong, a delegate to the National People’s Congress, China’s parliament, told the Worker’s Daily.

“We need to criminalise this by law, so I proposed amending the criminal law and introducing the ‘crime of wantonly squandering public funds’.”

Throwing lavish banquets has long been a Chinese tradition, both in government as well as business, a practice that besides wasting money, has also proven to be unhealthy, the report said.

According to the official People’s Daily, China spends up to 200 billion yuan (29 billion dollars) a year on public wining and dining, a sum larger than the cost of the Three Gorges Dam, the world’s biggest hydroelectric project.


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