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China takes aim at extravagance in military spending

Published on Feb 24, 2013 6:34 PM
 
Paramilitary police officers take part in an indoor training session on a foggy day in Zhengzhou, Henan province, Jan 16, 2013. China's military has introduced new rules to combat "extravagance and waste" in spending, state media said on Sunday, as the country's new leaders stress austerity to fight official corruption. --FILE PHOTO: REUTERS/CHINA DAILY

BEIJING (AFP) - China's military has introduced new rules to combat "extravagance and waste" in spending, state media said on Sunday, as the country's new leaders stress austerity to fight official corruption.

New Communist Party chief Xi Jinping, who is also chairman of the Central Military Commission, approved the rules that aim to promote austerity and control expenditure, the official Xinhua news agency said.

Mr Xi, who is set to become president next month, has repeatedly pledged to fight graft amid rising social discontent at government corruption and political scandals that have tarnished the ruling party. The new rules require strict control of spending on non-essential infrastructure, procurement and official receptions, Xinhua said.

The military must "resolutely prevent redundant construction, the craving for things big and foreign, extravagance and waste", it said.

 
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