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Anti-graft chief pushes for more official thrift

CHINA'S anti-graft chief, He Guoqiang, yesterday urged officials to carry out a thrifty style in life and work, as the country's campaign to curb "official luxury" started to pay off.

He, secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Communist Party of China, made the remarks at a meeting in Beijing focusing on official excesses.

"The central authorities' decision on curbing officials' using public money to sightsee abroad is a necessary step for our country to cope with the global economic crisis and a long-term strategic policy to draw the Party closer to the people," said He.

Statistics show that in the first six months of this year, departments of the central Party and government sections saved a total of 597 million yuan (US$87.3 million) from reining in overseas trips, vehicle purchase and business reception.

Local government groups saved 15.2 billion yuan.


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