Prov­ince bans booze at of­fi­cial ban­quets

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

An­hui prov­ince has banned al­co­holic bev­er­ages at of­fi­cial ban­quets, ex­cept those held to at­tract in­vest­ment or in­volv­ing for­eign af­fairs.

The new rule is con­sid­ered the toughest in the coun­try and was made in re­sponse to crit­i­cism from the coun­try’s top anti-graft body.

The Cen­tral Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion sent a team of in­spec­tors to the prov­ince in Fe­bru­ary, fol­low­ing a prior visit in 2013. Af­ter the in­spec­tion, the anti-graft watch­dog said pub­licly that ex­ces­sive drink­ing at of­fi­cial ban­quets was pop­u­lar among the prov­ince’s of­fi­cials and “should be curbed im­me­di­ately and ef­fec­tively”.

A re­port by Bei­jing Times said, “Tough as the new rule is, it still has loop­holes.” The news­pa­per won­dered whether more of­fi­cial ban­quets would be held in the name of at­tract­ing in­vest­ment, as drink­ing al­co­hol on such oc­ca­sions is ex­cluded from the ban.

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