Chinese central authorities on Sunday published a document announcing that all wild animals will be prohibited from official reception dinners and banquets. Meaning, of course, that dishes containing shark fins, bird nests and other rare wild animal products will be banned from menus. Unruly Party members are still wholly welcomed to run rampant as they please.
Xinhua reports that the document, issued by general offices of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council, set forth further rules regulating the use of public funding on lavish feasting by government officials.
Officials on business tours should arrange their own meals according to relevant expenditure standards and the local hosts are allowed to provide only one reception dinner if needed, the regulation said.
The regulation said cigarettes and up-market liquors are not allowed to be served at official dinners and such receptions should not be held in private clubs or upscale places.
It is also prohibited to organize conference and activities at tourist attractions or commercial entertainment venues and government funds should not be used to cover officials’ personal recreational visits, according to the documents.
The document also detailed restrictions on cash gifts, luxurious suites during business trips and excessive spending on welcoming ceremonies, banners and carpets. Those party animals.
Last month, central China authorities banned the use of public funds for celebratory drinking, smoking and general hooliganism through the New Year holiday as part of Xi Jinping’s agenda to crack-down on government corruption.
The news comes not long after Hong Kong officials announced that shark fin soup would be dropped from the menus at government-related events.