China closes down 70 golf courses


BEIJING: China has closed down nearly 70 “illegal” golf courses, a government statement said, in what appears to be the first sign of enforcement of a decade-old ban. The announcement by China’s ministry of land and resources comes amid a high-profile anti-graft campaign spearheaded by President Xi Jinping, which has seen crackdowns on banquets, lavish gift-giving and other official excesses. No reason was given by the land resources ministry for the facilities’ closure, but water and environmental concerns were cited among the factors that drove the 2004 ban.



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