China bans officials from buying mooncakes with public funds

BEIJING: China is banning officials from using public funds to buy mooncakes, pastries offered as gifts during the Mid-Autumn Festival, as part of President Xi Jinping’s fight against corruption, the government said on Tuesday.

Officials cannot use public money to send mooncakes as gifts or to arrange banquets that are not related to official duties during the festival, which falls on Sept. 19 this year, the ruling Communist Party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said on its website.

“The Mid-Autumn Festival and the National Day are approaching, we must resolutely put an end to using public funds,” the commission quoted Xi as saying, in reference to gifts, eating and drinking, tours and extravagant waste.

Mooncakes are filled with ingredients such as lotus seed paste and salted duck egg yolk, and symbolise the moon. The festival, also known as the Moon Festival, is marked by family reunions.

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