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Officials told to lay off use of public funds

CHINA issued a circular yesterday "stoutly" ordering officials at all levels not to spend public money on sightseeing overseas.

The circular was jointly issued by the General Office of the State Council and the General Office of the Communist Party of the China Central Committee amid a situation where many officials have been using public money to pay for leisure holidays disguised as business trips.

The central government hoped officials would set an example for others to cope with the financial crisis.

According to the circular, all overseas business trips should be arranged strictly. The costs and number of officials for such trips should be kept as low as possible. All expenses should be included in the budget and be approved beforehand, it said.

Officials should not add destinations to their itinerary, nor extend their stay. And they should not claim reimbursement for personal trip costs or resort to companies or lower-level departments to cover their travel expenses.

In December, two officials were removed from their posts in Jiangxi Province for taking a holiday that was disguised as a study tour.

Liu Zhongping, who was part of an 11-member delegation to visit the United States and Canada last April, was ousted from the posts of Party secretary and chief of the Office for Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs in Xinyu City. His deputy Liu Qun was also sacked.




 

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