government spending

People’s Daily Slams Local Government Spending

The People’s Daily, which building its own new headquarters in Beijing, published an editorial on Monday which criticized local governments for spending public funds on luxurious offices. From Patrick Boehler of the South...

Yacht Christening Gone Bad in Gansu

With global super-luxury brands trying to convince China’s nouveau rich to think bigger and splashier, a 17 million RMB domestically-built yacht had a rough maiden voyage in Gansu province this week. More on the...

Guangzhou City Government Budget Goes Online

For the first time, the Guangzhou government made public their official budget for 114 different city-level departments and agencies. The domestic news report is here. According to, all contents were presented as...

Rural China’s Office Politics – Michael Bristow

From BBC News: On the outskirts of the main town in one of China’s poorest counties, a series of opulent buildings is slowly rising up from the earth. These half-finished structures will eventually house the various government departments of Gushi county in Henan province. But the local government is being criticised because it is spending […]

Beijing Cracks Down on Deluxe Government Buildings – CCTV

The central government is reining in out-of-budget deluxe government buildings and complexes. But the exposed cases are outrageous, especially given the poverty levels of localities. Translated from CCTV’s News Probe program: “When you dress up and make yourself good-looking, there comes a lot of controversy,” complained Shi Yunlong (Âè≤‰∫ëÈæô), deputy governor of Yingquan District (È¢çÊ≥âÂå∫) […]

Slideshow: A Luxurious Government Relocation

A couple of days ago, a netizen posted a group of photos entitled “Ceremony for the Relocation of Longhe Town Government.” The photos depicted hundreds of people in a spectacular parade organized into different line-ups. Police cars even attended to help clear the way for the parade. The post and the photos have spread like […]

Extravagant Spending of the Two Meetings Questioned – Josie Liu

From China in Transition blog: A staff worker of the on-going NPC and CPPCC sessions revealed in his blog some wasteful occurrences during the two big meetings, such as the use of large amount of disposable paper cups for drinking water in the lobby of the Great Hall of the People. There are nearly 3000 […]

Government Spending for the Two Sessions

From Qizhi Meinu Tuming Blog, translated by CDT: According to People.Com.Cn, Beijing Jing Xi Hotel is well prepared to serve the members of the two sessions meeting (as the NPC and CPPCC are called). For meals, the hotel made...

Chinese scholar sparks row over party spending – Mure Dickie

From the Financial Times (link) A Chinese scholar’s calculation that government officials spend more than Rmb200bn (¬£14bn, $25bn, ‚Ǩ20.3bn) a year of state funds on food and drink has sparked a rare public debate over the publicly funded perks enjoyed by the Communist party-led bureaucracy. The estimate by Zhu Lijia of the China National School […]



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