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Officials punished over trips

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Seven officials of a county in Shanxi province were recently punished for organizing overseas trips sponsored by local businesses last year.

From May 30 to Dec 20, the local legislature in Jiaokou, a county under the jurisdiction of the city of Luliang, sent officials and employees on the trips.

Shanxi Daily reported yesterday that the tours cost around 540,000 yuan ($78,000), with all monies provided by local companies.

Officials involved in this case violated the regulation that all Party officials and public servants must report to related departments before going abroad and those trips must not be sponsored or subsidized by companies.

Han Fuping, the county's Party secretary and director of the Standing Committee of the local People's Congress, has been sacked from his post.

Six other officials involved in the scandal have also been punished and all members of the tour groups have been asked to repay the costs, the newspaper said.

These officials have had a "very bad influence" on the public, the provincial disciplinary department said.

The Shanxi officials' trip is the latest in a string of controversial overseas excursions organized by government officials in recent years.

In August 2007, a group of 10 people from Anhui province was found to be using public funds for a trip to Finland.

Last November, three officials from Jiangxi province lost their posts for organizing a sightseeing trip to Canada, spending nearly 330,000 yuan.

In February, a number of officials in Guangdong province were discovered to have enjoyed a 14-day trip overseas at public expense.

"The current situation of such a practice (officials using public money for overseas trips) is very serious in China," Qu Wanxiang, deputy director of the National Bureau of Corruption Prevention, was quoted by China News Service as saying during this year's session of Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in early March.

The Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council have issued a document instructing governments at all levels to stop the practice and strictly follow the assessment and approval procedures for overseas inspection tours.

Public administration expert Shen Ronghua warned that "the current punishment measures for those officials remains too light".

"That's why such a practice cannot be stopped in China."


1. From which province were the shamed seven officials from?

2. According to a public administration expert why is it difficult to stop dishonest officials from taking trips?


1. Shanxi.

2. Because the punishment is too light.

(英语点津 Helen 编辑)

Officials punished over trips

Officials punished over tripsBrendan joined The China Daily in 2007 as a language polisher in the Language Tips Department, where he writes a regular column for Chinese English Language learners, reads audio news for listeners and anchors the weekly video news in addition to assisting with on location stories. Elsewhere he writes Op’Ed pieces with a China focus that feature in the Daily’s Website opinion section.

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