Baijiu, the Chinese devil drink brewed in the very depths of hell, is a vital part of business and politics in China. Faced with cuts to their booze budget, officials in Baishun, Guangdong province, have taken to making their own.
It remains almost unthinkable in China to throw a dinner for government or business leaders without copious amounts of alcohol, typically the head-splitting sorghum-based firewater known as baijiu. Yet local leaders in particular are under pressure to cut the appearance of official decadence.
A Baishun official was quoted in Chinese media as saying the town consumes around 50 litres of alcohol a month during official gatherings. Early estimates suggest that the cost to the town of brewing its own baijiu will be as low as 5 RMB per jin (0.5 litres).
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