China is­sues guide­lines on of­fi­cial re­cep­tions

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - NATION DIGEST - By ZHAO LEI zhaolei@chi­

China is­sued a se­ries of guide­lines on of­fi­cial re­cep­tions on Sun­day, pledg­ing to close loop­holes that foster ex­trav­a­gance and cor­rup­tion.

The guide­lines, which were pub­lished by gen­eral of­fices of the Com­mu­nist Party of China Cen­tral Com­mit­tee and State Coun­cil and re­place a 2006 ver­sion, ap­ply to all po­lit­i­cal par­ties, govern­ment de­part­ments, leg­isla­tive and po­lit­i­cal ad­vi­sory bod­ies, ju­di­cial au­thor­i­ties as well as pub­licly funded or­ga­ni­za­tions and State-owned en­ter­prises.

Un­der the new rules, busi­ness trips that aim to “study and ex­change ex­pe­ri­ences”, in­spec­tion tours that go to the same des­ti­na­tion with­out proper rea­sons, and of­fi­cial events at tourist at­trac­tions are banned.

Host­ing units are urged to re­ject ac­tiv­i­ties or visi­tors that can­not pro­duce of­fi­cial ap­proval.

Par­tic­i­pants in of­fi­cial con­fer­ences and those on busi­ness trips must live in ho­tels se­lected by the govern­ment or guest­houses of govern­ment de­part­ments. Only those who have an ad­min­is­tra­tive rank of pro­vin­cial or min­is­te­rial level (or higher) are al­lowed to live in a suite.

The guide­lines ex­tend a strin­gent cap on re­cep­tion ban­quets, stip­u­lat­ing that host­ing units can hold only one din­ner for visi­tors if it is nec­es­sary for their work. At most, three work­ers at the host­ing unit can par­tic­i­pate in the din­ner if the num­ber of the visi­tors is less than 10.

Ex­pen­sive dishes and those cooked with pro­tected wild an­i­mals are pro­hib­ited at such din­ners, as are cig­a­rettes and fine liquors. Ex­penses for re­cep­tion events must be in­cluded in an­nual bud­gets and listed sep­a­rately for scru­tiny.

No re­cep­tion ac­tiv­i­ties should be con­vened at com­mer­cial venues that pro­vide en­ter­tain­ment and phys­i­cal fit­ness ser­vices. Host­ing units are for­bid­den from or­ga­niz­ing per­form­ing-art shows and giv­ing visi­tors com­pli­men­tary money, sou­venirs or lo­cal prod­ucts.

“The guide­lines are very at­ten­tive to de­tails that were eas­ily ig­nored in the past,” said Wu Hui, an as­so­ci­ate pro­fes­sor of gov­er­nance at the Party School of the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee. “For in­stance, they say hosts should not pro­vide toi­let req­ui­sites other than those pre­pared by the ho­tel. This clause seems triv­ial, but it re­ally works when you want to elim­i­nate all pos­si­bil­i­ties of ex­trav­a­gance.”

He said af­ter the CPC and cen­tral govern­ment launched the fight against of­fi­cial ex­trav­a­gance and cor­rup­tion, a slew of reg­u­la­tions and guide­lines have taken ef­fect, grad­u­ally re­duc­ing loop­holes that cor­rupt of­fi­cials could take ad­van­tage of.


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