Chinese President Xi Jinping's call for austerity among his high- and low-ranking officials have unwittingly created an alleged covert underground spending movement.
According to People's Daily, the Community party's as well as China's top newspaper, said government officials have found a way to turn around the austerity policy of the newly installed Chinese president.
"In some places the use of public money for eating and drinking has switched from high-end hotels to private venues and places of business ... which has become known as 'low-key luxury,'" the paper said.
Specifically, Chinese government officials have been alleged holding private sauna parties and hiding alcohol liquor in plastic water bottles. They have likewise been allegedly storing expensive cigarettes in boxes belonging to cheaper brands.
"These ways of pulling the wool over people's eyes is typical of not following instructions and not stopping what is banned," the paper's commentary pointed out, stressing the party needs to strictly enforce "in the fence of supervision" and "the cage of regulation" its mandate and policies.
"Such a mechanism must be a long-lasting one, in order to make corruption not only detectable, but also impossible."
Mr Xi has not ordered any high-ranking government official fired or prosecuted for graft since rising to become Communist Party boss in November, and president in March.
The Chinese population highly condemn the corruption ongoings in their government.
"What people hate more is the large amount of embezzlement among government officials," Zhou He, a communications professor of the City University of Hong Kong, was quoted by VOAnews.com.
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