China’s Communist Party Imposes New Regulations on Golf, Drinking

October 22, 2015

The Chinese government has leveled new sanctions on behavior and conduct for the more than 80 million members of the Communist Party of China (CPC), and golfers have been singled out.

According to Xinhua News Agency, the new regulations are, “a moral ethical code that members must abide by.” The news outlet cites Gao Bo of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences to further explain the purpose of the new regulations, writing, “the new rules required officials not only to be honest in politics but also to concentrate on cultivating their own character and running a harmonious family.”

Seems fairly benign, right?

Well, the new laws are said to be stricter than ever before, especially for golfers. According to Xinhua, “the new regulation explicitly lists extravagant eating and drinking and playing golf as violations, which were not included previously.”

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According to the BBC, the new rule prevents CPC members from “obtaining, holding or using membership cards for gyms, clubs, golf clubs, or various other types of consumer cars, or entering private clubs.”

The rules against private clubs seem to reflect the party’s attempt to have members “separate public and private interests, put the public’s interest first, and work selflessly,” as Xinhua cited from a government document.

So if you’re a golfer in China, at least you can still eat and drink away your problems. Oh, wait…