Date
18 October 2017
China is stepping up efforts to curb business activities of the families of top government officials as part of the nation's anti-graft drive. Photo: Bloomberg
China is stepping up efforts to curb business activities of the families of top government officials as part of the nation's anti-graft drive. Photo: Bloomberg

China widens pilot antigraft curbs on senior officials’ families

China will widen a pilot anti-graft scheme to four more regions beyond the business hub of Shanghai as it seeks to rein in business activities by the families of senior government officials, Reuters reported.

Rules announced last May bar spouses and children of senior officials in Shanghai from registering individual businesses or partnerships, investing in non-listed enterprises or registering a business overseas and doing business back in China.

Spouses of senior officials in Shanghai are also banned from holding top positions in private companies or senior appointed positions in foreign-invested enterprises.

Now four more regions — Beijing, Chongqing, Xinjiang and Guangdong — will also join the scheme, state media was quoted as saying late Monday, following a meeting overseen by President Xi Jinping.

The government will work to “strictly define business activities, make detailed rules and procedures to implement” the scheme, state news agency Xinhua said.

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