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Chinese Officialdom Indulges in the Almost-Free Lunch

There is such a thing as a free lunch, and it can be had at the cafeteria in China's Ministry of Transportation and Communications. According to an anonymous university professor who recently published an account of his meal there, diners can have their fill of 10 meat and vegetable dishes, a carton of yogurt and a piece of fruit for 1 yuan, or about 15 cents. The only catch: Diners have to be employees or guests of the ministry.

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