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China raps more government bodies in spending probe

Published on Jun 25, 2014 6:38 PM
The headquarters of the People's Bank of China, the Chinese central bank, in Beijing. The bank's Nanjing branch office was rapped by auditors for under-reporting 132 million yuan (S$26 million) of income received as local government subsidies, while banknote printers in Chengdu - a unit of the central bank - spent 6.6 million yuan on public relations, entertainment and buying gifts for unidentified parties. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's audit authorities on Wednesday rapped more government departments over unauthorised spending, including prominent state media outlets that are supposed to be leading a high-profile charge to banish graft and excess.

The Communist Party has been eager to project a frugal image since Xi Jinping became President last year, renewing efforts to stamp out corruption and win back public confidence after an endless series of scandals involving high-living officials.

In a lengthy report - its second in two days - the National Audit Office summarised problems discovered in 37 branches of government, but did not give the total of misspent funds.

Two of the bodies probed were the official Xinhua news agency and the ruling Communist Party's People's Daily newspaper, both of which have issued stern warnings against extravagance and waste on an almost daily basis.

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