Asia Pacific / Crime & Legal

Over 100,000 officials reprimanded so far in China's austerity crackdown


The top anti-graft body of China’s Communist Party says more than 100,000 officials have been reprimanded since late 2012 for violating policies mandating more austere working practices.

The party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said in its monthly report Monday that 5,340 officials were reprimanded in December 2014, the most recent month studied. That pushed the two-year total of reprimanded officials to 102,168.

The party introduced the rules in December 2012 requiring officials to minimize meetings, cut government spending and follow strict housing and vehicle limits.

The party has also launched a sweeping anti-corruption campaign that it says has ensnared tens of thousands of officials, including top members of the party.

The campaigns have hit sales of luxury items, fine dining and gambling in the Macau special region.