China tolls death knell for lavish, ‘feudal’ funerals for officials

December 20, 2013 6:20 AM

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BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese Communist Party members and government officials have to have simple funerals without any “feudal” or “superstitious” elements, the government said on Thursday, as the party tries to curb extravagance.

President Xi Jinping ordered the crackdown late last year when he became party boss, seeking to assuage public anger at waste and extravagance, particularly officials seen abusing their position to illegally amass wealth.

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