First went the fancy banquets, then the lavish gift-giving. Now, China’s ruling Communist Party has set its sights on a new target in its anti-corruption drive – art and literary prizes.
China’s proliferation of cultural awards has raised alarm among the party’s much-feared anti-corruption investigators, who worry that government officials are using them as a means of improving their clout, according to the official Xinhua news agency.
At a meeting on Monday in Changsha – the capital of Hunan, the home province of Communist China’s founding father, Mao Zedong – culture ministry officials vowed to “strictly prohibit the obtaining of illegitimate benefits in the name of art”, Xinhua reported.
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