China bans new government buildings


BEIJING - China has ordered a five-year suspension of the construction of new official buildings, state media reported, in the latest move by President Xi Jinping to crack down on extravagance and pervasive corruption.

The ban also covered "glitzy structures" built as training centres, hotels or government motels, the official Xinhua news agency said yesterday.

The decision was "made in accordance with the country's frugality campaign", according to the report.

Some structures built in violation of regulations had tainted the image of the Communist Party and stirred vehement public disapproval, the agency said.