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China to Ban Public Purchases of ‘High-End’ Alcohol

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao pledged to ban the use of public funds to buy cigarettes and “high-end” alcohol, warning that corruption may endanger the ruling Communist Party’s survival.

Wen, at a State Council meeting yesterday, also said state-owned enterprises and agencies must “strictly control” funds used to renovate “luxury” office buildings or buy artwork, according to a statement on the government’s website.