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Party to punish organizers of government-funded overseas trips with no official business

06-30-2010 08:28 BJT

BEIJING, June 29 (Xinhua) -- A new regulation of the Communist Party of China (CPC) will punish Party members who organize or take overseas tours at public expenses for personal pleasure.

The CPC's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection unveiled a detailed explanation of the regulation Tuesday.

The explanation says overseas sightseeing on public expenses with no official business will be punished.

Tour organizers who buy fake invitation documents to gain overseas travel approval will also be punished, the regulation said.

Such organizers will do more harm and produce worse influence for their acts, so they will face severe penalties including removal from posts of leadership or being placed probation within the Party, or being expelled from the Party in serious cases, said the regulation.

The regulation also prohibits Party members on an approved overseas visit on public expenses from changing their schedule or delaying their return.

Party members on an approved overseas visit on public expenses should also be required to pay back all of the cost previously paid out at public expenses, said the regulation.

Overseas sightseeing on public or government expenses has been an object of public denunciation in China after several scandals were exposed by informers on the Internet.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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