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China, in frugality campaign, bans new government construction

July 23, 2013 at 3:19 PM

BEIJING, July 23 (UPI) -- The Chinese government, in a frugality campaign, announced Tuesday it has begun a five-year ban on construction of government buildings.

The General Office of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the General Office of the State Council jointly issued the directive. The ban includes training centers and hotels, and a prohibition on restoration or upgrades to government buildings, the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported.

In calling for government frugality and the use of funds to grow the economy and not the government, the directive also specifies government officials with more than one title will be denied more than one office, Xinhua noted.

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