China’s Communists warn cadres: No wine at lunch

BEIJING (AP) — China’s Communist Party has disciplined or scolded several officials for holding lavish wedding banquets, drinking wine at lunch and other extravagances as it tries to show progress on a frugality campaign aimed at addressing public anger.

The official Xinhua News Agency said late Monday that the party’s disciplinary arm publicly criticized officials for misappropriating public funds for entertainment or illegally accepting gifts and cash.

Xinhua says a party chief in a township in Hebei was stripped of his post for holding a wedding for his daughter and receiving $163,000 in cash and gifts.

President Xi Jinping has spearheaded a campaign to cut through pomp and waste among officials but the party appears unwilling to introduce measures to curb corruption at its root, such as requiring officials to declare their assets.

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