China institutes 5-year ban on official buildings
                 English.news.cn | 2013-07-23 18:16:55 | Editor: Zhu Ningzhu

BEIJING, July 23 (Xinhua) -- China's central authorities on Tuesday introduced a five-year ban on the construction of new official buildings, a move made in accordance with the country's frugality campaign.

The General Office of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and the General Office of the State Council jointly issued a directive, ordering an across-the-board halt to the construction of any new official buildings in the coming five years.

The ban also covers glitzy structures built as training centers, hotels or government motels.

The directive noted that some departments and localities have built government office compounds in violation of regulations, which tainted the image of the CPC and the government and stirred vehement public disapproval.

The directive called on all Party and government bodies to be frugal and ensure that government spending goes toward developing the economy and boosting people's wellbeing.

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