Business gifts refused by officials auctioned off
A total of 159 items originally received by public servants as business gifts went up for auction last weekend in central China's Hubei Province.
The gifts were turned in by staff from nearly 30 government organs, public institutions and state-owned enterprises in the past two years.
China does not allow public servants to receive gifts. Those who take business gifts must hand them in and register them within one month. The auction was seen by many as showing the local government's determination to fight corruption.
The gifts included jewelry, paintings, watches, electronic devices, wine, and stamps. Initial bidding price of all items totaled 593,700 yuan (about $86,218).
The most popular items were gift cards and coupons, said an unnamed staff member with the Hubei Integrity Auction Co, Ltd.