BEIJING, Aug. 26 (Xinhua) -- The People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China has urged the country's armed forces to curb extravagance in official galas, according to a Monday circular from the PLA's General Political Department.
Approved by Xi Jinping, chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), the circular urged the whole army and the armed police forces to take the lead in terms of implementing the notice issued by several departments on Aug. 13.
The notice required government agencies to bring luxurious and extravagant galas to a halt and encourage frugal event planning.
The circular urged the armed forces to seriously restrict gala expenses and excessive gala arrangements.
The PLA will also tighten the approval of galas, as well as individuals participating in public welfare performances, according to the circular.
Military performers are asked not to perform in privately-funded performances and casinos, and not to take part in local TV talent shows, the circular said.
They are also urged not to perform outside the Chinese mainland without approval, and not to set up companies or studios for personal financial purposes.