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China corruption drive goes after "guzzling" officials

Published on Mar 19, 2014 10:18 AM

SHANGHAI (REUTERS) - China's officials may need to tighten their belts after authorities ordered official canteens to serve "smaller portions" in a crackdown on over-indulgence, the Xinhua state news agency reported.

Authorities in China have been on a drive against official corruption and excess, which has seen gift-giving, banquets and the fiery liquor baijiu come under the spotlight.

The aim is to calm public anger over graft and extravagance by some officials.

"Authorities are not allowed to organise banquets or guzzle under the name of convening meetings and training," Xinhua said late on Tuesday, citing a government circular.

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