China bans extravagant official galas to curb graft
BEIJING (REUTERS) - China will ban officials from holding extravagant galas linked to official meetings that have hurt the image of the government, the latest move by President Xi Jinping to fight corruption, state media said on Tuesday.
All areas of government will be barred from using their funds to organise galas, often staged with expensive celebrities, state news agency Xinhua reported, citing a circular from the government.
Xinhua said the grandiose performances were "extravagant and wasteful" and had "damaged the image of the Chinese Communist Party and the government, triggering public complaints".
Anyone flouting the ban will be punished, Xinhua said.