Don’t go golfing
CHINA’S ruling Communist Party might be the sort of partners that many growth-strapped executives would want right now, but don’t bother asking them for a round of golf.
A new ethical code put out this month by the party, and apparently applicable to all 88m members, lists golf as one of the forbidden activities, alongside rather more obvious sins, such as extramarital affairs and “extravagant eating”, according to the country’s state-run Xinhua news agency.
The golfing ban might seem crazy, but there is actually a reason for this madness — even if it’s a thin one. Many of the shadiest deals done in recent times were clinched on China’s golf courses.
So, as China’s president Xi Jinping goes on the offensive against corruption, he’s focused rather sharply on golf courses.
In March, Reuters reported, the government shut down 66 golf courses, and is now rigorously policing its decade-long ban on building new golf courses in the country.
China’s government has no shortage of examples to justify this ban: a corrupt former police chief was, apparently, a particularly keen golfer, while a vice-mayor in the southeast of the country was promptly fired when it turned out he was playing golf — not working.