Eight-point aus­ter­ity rules


The eight-point rules, is­sued by the Po­lit­i­cal Bu­reau of the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee in De­cem­ber 2012, aim to re­duce bu­reau­cracy, ex­trav­a­gance and un­de­sir­able work prac­tices of Party mem­bers. With clauses fo­cus­ing on var­i­ous forms of cor­rup­tion and unau­tho­rized use of gov­ern­ment cars, the rules have played a sig­nif­i­cant role in the coun­try’s anti-cor­rup­tion cam­paign.

1. Lead­ers must carry out in-depth in­spec­tions at the grass­roots level so that they re­main in con­tact with the peo­ple and un­der­stand the is­sues af­fect­ing so­ci­ety. They must cut ex­trav­a­gance and do away with wel­come ban­ners, red car­pets, flo­ral ar­range­ments and grand re­cep­tions for of­fi­cial vis­its.

2. Meet­ings and ma­jor events should be strictly reg­u­lated and sim­pli­fied. Po­lit­i­cal Bu­reau mem­bers are not al­lowed to at­tend open­ing cer­e­monies, celebrations or sem­i­nars, un­less they get ap­proval from the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee. Of­fi­cial meet­ings should be eco­nom­i­cal and ef­fi­cient, with no in­con­se­quen­tial or pro­longed talk. 3. The num­ber of of­fi­cial doc­u­ments should be re­duced to only those nesse­cery.

4. Of­fi­cials’ vis­its abroad should be ar­ranged only when nec­es­sary for for­eign af­fairs, with smaller ac­com­pa­ny­ing del­e­ga­tions. On most oc­ca­sions, there is no need for a re­cep­tion by Chi­nese ex­pa­tri­ates, in­sti­tu­tions or stu­dents at the air­port.

5. There should be fewer traf­fic con­trols when lead­ers travel by car to avoid un­nec­es­sary in­con­ve­nience to the pub­lic.

6. The me­dia should con­sider the need, news value, and so­cial im­pact of re­port­ing on mem­bers of the Po­lit­i­cal Bu­reau, their work and their ac­tiv­i­ties — the amount of time spent on such news items should be re­duced and re­ports should be min­i­mized in scope.

7. Lead­ers should not pub­lish any­thing by them­selves or is­sue any con­grat­u­la­tory let­ters in their own name un­less an ar­range­ment with the cen­tral au­thor­i­ties has been made.

8. Lead­ers must prac­tice dili­gence and thrift, and strictly fol­low the rel­e­vant reg­u­la­tions on ac­com­mo­da­tion and cars.

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