China's leaders pledge to reduce pomp and ceremony

(AP) China's leaders pledge to reduce pomp and ceremony
BEIJING
China's leaders have pledged to reduce pomp, ceremony and bureaucratic visits and meetings.

State media reported that members of the 25-member Politburo agreed Tuesday that officials should reduce ostentation "in order to remain close with the public."

They agreed that red carpets will no longer be rolled out for officials on visits, and welcoming flowers and banners should also go.

They said overseas Chinese shouldn't be bused to airports to greet leaders when they arrive.

The official Xinhua News Agency says the Politburo also agreed to cut spending and the size of leaders' entourages on official domestic and overseas visits, that fewer traffic controls should be arranged for such trips to avoid inconveniencing the public, and to ban worthless news reports on senior officials' work and activities.

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