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China Bans Construction of Government Buildings

Posted at: 07/23/2013 10:00 AM



BEIJING (AP) - China's leaders have banned the construction of government buildings for five years as another step in a frugality drive that aims to calm public anger over corruption.

The general offices of the Communist Party's central committee and China's Cabinet jointly issued the directive Tuesday, according to the official Xinhua News Agency. No directive was immediately available online.

Across China, grand government buildings with oversized offices and fancy lighting have mushroomed in many cities. They are often among the most impressive buildings in their towns.

President Xi Jinping has spearheaded a campaign to cut through pomp, formality and waste among senior officials that have alienated many ordinary citizens.

This year, high-end restaurants have reported a downturn in business as government departments and state-owned companies cancel banquets.

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