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My austere Chinese wedding: 20 types of banquets off the menu for China’s Communist Party cadres

Communist Party officials and cadres have been told to avoid attending 20 types of banquets as authorities crack down on extravagant spending.

A People’s Daily article available on social media made the call on Sunday after the anti-graft watchdog in Shandong said 2,725 cadres in the province had been dealt with for violating rules on spending, including 212 cases of using public money for meals.

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The article said that before accepting an invitation, cadres had to ask who was paying, who the other guests would be and where a banquet was being held.

“Civil servants are prohibited from joining private clubs, and are not allowed to entertain others or receive invitations at high-end entertainment venues,” it said.

The article listed 20 types of banquets that cadres should avoid, including those organised by civil servants.

When cadres were making trips to villages, they should arrange their own meals, the article said. If they needed to attend a banquet organised by village officials, they should pay for it.

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Officials should not attend banquets organised by business groups, and should not demand that private companies pay for their meals.

Luxurious weddings and funerals were to be banned, the article said, adding that such events should be held in a simple way.

President Xi Jinping has pursued a massive anti-corruption campaign since coming to power more than three years ago, including a crackdown on wasteful spending.