The rules also require strict limits on the number of people
sent on trips and the number of days spent abroad.
Provincial-level officials are permitted to stay in regular
hotel suites, while bureau-level officials are allowed to stay
in standard rooms.
"Without exception, any excuse or method for exchanging gifts or
souvenirs is not allowed," a statement on the Finance Ministry's
"It is strictly forbidden to accept, or covertly accept,
subsidies from industry units, and strictly forbidden to shift
or allot travel expenses to organizations abroad, subsidiary
units or companies."
Chinese newspaper frequently report on cases of government
officials making spurious trips abroad on the public purse,
ostensibly for work when in reality they are going on holiday or
engaging in shopping sprees.
Since taking over the reins of the Communist Party in November
2012 and the government in March, President Xi Jinping has vowed
to crack down on corruption, which he has said threatens the
The government has gone after everything from bribery to gift
giving and lavish banquets as it seeks to assuage public anger
at widespread graft and the extravagant behavior of some
(Reporting by Adam Rose; editing by Nick Macfie)
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