China's politicos pare the pomp: No more lobster

Associated Press
China's politicos pare the pomp: No more lobster

A worker sits near covered water coolers at the Great Hall of the People during a lull in activities at the annual congress meetings in Beijing, China, Wednesday, March 6, 2013. China's new leader Xi Jinping has declared a ban on official extravagance, and that has banished some of the usual pomp from this year's gathering of the National People's Congress. Widespread corruption and the lavish lifestyles of officials - who often drive luxury cars, own multiple villas and send their children to elite foreign universities - have become the single biggest source of public anger at the ruling Communist Party. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

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