BEIJING’S ANTI-GRAFT CAMPAIGN AND OUTBOUND TOURISM
by Welcome Chinese
China News Rules & Law
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Chinese President Xi Jinping became well known even outside China for his “anti-graft” campaign, announced back in March 2013. Targets of this battle for a less corrupted administrative system, according to his own view, are “conspicuous consumption, extravagant gift giving and hedonism” among government members at all levels.
LUXURY IS NOT THE SAME AS TRAVEL - Since then, slowly, the demand for branded luxury goods – most of them imported – declined. It is happening as well for outlay spent on feasts, luxury gifts and usage of public cars for private purposes. Anyway, until today outbound tourism doesn’t seem affected by the campaign.
Then, what are the “dos and don’ts” of the anti-corruption campaign for what concern outbound travel?
THE FOURTH POINT - The answer lies in the “Eight Points”. They went public in 2015 and represent a major element of Xi Jinping’s anti-graft initiative: one of them – Point four – is related to our topic. It is said:
“International travels (by government officials) shall be standardized and only reasonable travels shall be arranged, as needed to serve the purpose foreign relations.”
• The size of entourage accompanying the official(s) shall be strictly controlled
• The use of transportation shall be in compliance of prescribed standards
• No welcome parade shall be organized of representatives of Chinese institutions, members of local Chinese communities or Chinese students studying in local educational institutions
Reasonable and not very strict rules, aren’t they?