By Michael Evans
A new law in the commercial city of Wenzhou will now bangovernment officials from receiving cash or other gifts at family ceremonies such as weddings, funerals, and birthdays, and limits attendance to no more than 200 people.
As of Jan. 1 next year, officials will also be banned from inviting their subordinates or other guests who “may affect the officials’ work,” according to China Radio International.
The ruling is only the latest in a series of high-profile moves by Wenzhou authorities to clamp down on official corruption and extravagant spending.
In July, the city banned Maotai, shark fin, and abalone from government banquets, and imposed a spending limit of 60 yuan per dinner guest.
The previous month, Wenzhou’s government announced plans to auction off 1,400 official cars, significantly reducing an auto fleet that costs over 144 million yuan each year.