Busi­ness gifts re­fused by of­fi­cials auc­tioned off

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

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.

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