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China's 干杯 culture kills policeman

Posted by Tal December 15, 2009 in the Group General Discussion.

In this interesting story from the Guardian, you can read about Chen Lusheng, a Chinese cop who died "in the line of duty" and was called a "martyr".

Actually though he appears to have died due to having to drink too many toasts with local officials in Shenzhen.

It will come as no surprise to foreign China hands that this is by no means an isolated incident.

In November, a Communist Party official in eastern Anhui province died from alcohol poisoning after drinking heavily while entertaining business associates during an official banquet, the China Post reported at the time.

Two government officials in southern China died in separate incidents earlier this year after they fell into comas following official banquets that involved excessive drinking...

Chinese academics have estimated that government officials spend about 500 billion yuan ($73 billion) in public funds each year on official banquets, nearly one-third of the nation's expenses on dining out.

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