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New Chinese Leaders Ban Pomp and Ceremony

Party leaders scale back elaborate lifestyles for bureaucratic heads

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Party leaders will no longer be greeted wherever they go with cheering crowds, banners, red carpets and elaborate flower displays, said a statement on Chinese state media after a meeting of the new 25-man Politburo.

The updated rules also ban dull, long speeches and fawning write-ups in the state newspapers, as the party tries to reshape its image.

In recent years, even the lowliest Communist party officials have enjoyed a fin-de-siècle lifestyle, being chauffeured around in luxury cars and greeted by crowds of well-marshalled schoolchildren.

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  1. “The updated rules also ban dull, long speeches and fawning write-ups in the state newspapers”

    This should get major editorial comment, sort of like fawning write-ups.
    Reminds me of the memos that go out from time to time in an attempt to cut paperwork.

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