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Keeping extravagance within the cage of regulations

(People's Daily Online)

08:28, January 25, 2013

Key Words:Xi Jinping; extravagance; hedonism; CPC

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Resisting hedonism and extravagance should be a strict regulation and be accompanied with a more extensive public supervision.

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, made the marks during a speech at a plenary meeting of the CPC's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection on Jan. 22, 2013, Xi said that officials should run all undertakings industrially and thriftily, stand rock firm against lavishness, hedonism and extravagance, vigorously promote the Chinese traditional virtue of thrift and the ideas that saving is glorious and waste is shameful, and try our best to make practicing strict economy and combating waste become a fairly common practice.

Xi also added that the government should strengthen the restriction and supervision of power to ensure officials exercise their power within the cage of regulations with a disciplinary mechanism of fearing to corrupt, a defensive mechanism of no ways to corrupt and a safeguard mechanism of being hard to corrupt.

Several days ago, Xi left Bejing for Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan and Guangzhou with no closing down roads, no cleaning up and no red carpet; also he lived in the plain hotels with common standard rooms and ate buffet dinner, and then his travelling to Fuping made the "four dishes and one soup" become an international buzzword. In a word, since the implementation of the "eight-point", being thrifty is not a slogan any more, but a real practice.

At the same time, the public notice that thriftiness is also reflected at the two sessions of local governments. Wang Anshun, the acting mayor of Beijing, pointed out in his work report of Bejing Municipal Government that the government should reduce the usage of the "three founds" and save money to do more things to improve people's livelihood. And there were not flowers around the meeting place, not liquor at dinner tables, and not fruits for representatives during the two sessions in this year.

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