24 August 2019

China’s anti-corruption storm sweeps into training centers

Training centers for government officials or employees of state-owned enterprises are the latest targets of China’s anti-corruption drive, China Business News reported Friday.

The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, Administration of Audit and The Supreme People’s Court recently ordered a self-examination on training centers, calling for reports on any related extravagance and waste activities.

The governments of Beijing and Tianjin launched a campaign to crack down on corruption in training centers earlier this month, the paper said.

These centers, often hidden away in tourist spots, use public resources and offer services exclusively to government employees. Some are open to tourists but at very high prices.

Dalian, a tourist city with beautiful sunshine and beaches, has many such centers. Its International Financial Conference Center is actually a training center for the central bank, a manager told the paper.

A standard room costs 980 yuan (US$159) per night while a deluxe suite is 3,880 yuan. A sea-view villa costs as much as 30,000 yuan, the manager said.

The center provides tennis and spas facilities, and its restaurants offers luxury cuisine such as abalone and shark fin, the report said.

At the Midsummer Garden Hotel nearby is the training center for the National Development and Reform Commission.

Most of these training centers, which were built with fiscal funds, are open to the public. They are responsible for their own profits and losses but they may be private coffers of government agencies, analysts were quoted as saying.

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