Oddly Enough

Police ordered to forego nightclub invites

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has banned police from accepting invitations to nightclubs, bars and other entertainment venues in a bid to thwart corruption, state media reported Wednesday.

Officers who accepted such invitations would be suspended for even face criminal charges, the official Xinhua news agency said.

The ban is one of “five prohibitions” along with taking bribes and helping family members run a business.

Official corruption remains a major complaint for common Chinese, despite a series of high-profile anti-graft campaigns, and the ruling Communist Party has warned it could undermine its authority.

China’s nightclubs and karaoke bars often act as fronts for prostitution and drug-selling under police protection.

Reporting by Liu Zhen and Nick Macfie; Editing by Bill Tarrant