Southwest China’s Guizhou Province has vowed to outlaw alcohol drinking at all government events and official receptions for the provincial civil servants, which an expert said is aimed at regulating officials’ behavior and enforcing the Party’s eight-point rules on austerity…Full Article: The Global Times Aug 2017

Key Point

  • In September 2017, a ban on alcoholic beverages will go in effect in Guizhou Province. The ban applies to all Communist Party civil servants and officials working in state-run companies. Similar bans have also occurred in the provinces of Heilongjiang, Jilin, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Anhui, Hunan, as well as Xinjiang Region. Hunan Province in particular has banned all alcoholic beverages during official receptions and national holidays.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In June 2016, Anhui Province banned alcoholic beverages at official banquets. A representative of Anhui Golden Seed Winery, a liquor producer, lamented the recent ban in Anhui.
  • In February 2016, Chinese officials from the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection visited Anhui Province and found “excessive drinking” at banquets. In 2013, officials paid a similar visit.
  • In 2014, Chinese baijiu liquor comprised 37.5% of global liquor production, but only 0.8% of the international trade market.
  • In November 2012, China launched an austerity/anti-corruption campaign that has had a dampening effect on the consumption of high-end liquors within China.

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