China Punishes Officials After Premier Li Pledges Graft Battle

China punished regional officials for extravagant spending and using government money on personal meals, the government said, two days after Premier Li Keqiang said stamping out corruption was a top priority.

The Communist Party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said the finance bureau chief in Qiongzhong County was removed from party and administrative posts for spending state money on meals with personal friends, the official Xinhua News Agency reported today.

The party secretary of Baihe County got a disciplinary warning for inappropriate use of a car, Xinhua reported. The commission announced four other cases in which rules against extravagance were violated, according to the Chinese-language report.

The move came two days after China’s new premier promised to crack down on corruption. The party has also announced an anti-extravagance campaign, telling officials to avoid lavish receptions and banquets.

— With assistance by Judy Chen

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