CHINA’S ANTI-GRAFT BODY BANS MOONCAKES

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BEIJING: China has banned officials from buying mooncakes with public funds during an upcoming holiday, as the Communist leadership promotes its crackdown on corruption. The pastry, a traditional food during the Mid-Autumn Festival, which this year falls on September 19, has a sweet, heavy filling often made from lotus seed paste or red beans. The cakes themselves are relatively cheap, around 100 yuan ($16) for eight. But in a culture where personal connections are often the key to getting business done, Chinese holidays—National Day follows soon afterwards—are often a chance for networking and sometimes for corruption.
AFP

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