SHANGHAI, June 27 China plans to curb
construction of unapproved government buildings, amid a national
campaign against wasteful spending and graft, according to an
updated draft regulation published by the State Council, the
The Communist Party has been eager to project a frugal image
since Xi Jinping became president last year, renewing efforts to
stamp out corruption and win back public confidence after an
endless series of scandals involving high-living officials.
Under the draft laws, any construction of government offices
must be accompanied by feasibility reports and design
blueprints, and will require official approvals before
construction can begin, state news agency Xinhua reported on
Thursday, citing the Legislative Affairs Office of the State
"Buildings with reception functions such as accommodation,
meetings and banquets, including those in the name of 'training
centres,' are off limits," it said.
The regulation will also ban any form of loans from
financial institutes, sponsorships and fund-raising for
unapproved construction projects.
According to the draft rules, officials and departments
involved in illegal construction projects will be named and
shamed, and those in serious cases will be held criminally
responsible. Projects will be halted and the buildings in
question will be evacuated and confiscated.
China's chief auditor on Wednesday rapped more government
departments over unauthorised spending, including prominent
state media outlets that are supposed to be leading a
high-profile campaign to banish graft and excess.
(Reporting by Chen Yixin and Fayen Wong; Editing by Simon