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China's elaborate military banquets banned

China's luxury banquets for high-ranking officers are no longer allowed, according to a new ban by the Central Military Commission.

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Chinese military personnel attend a ceremony for victims to mark the 75th anniversary of the Nanjing massacre at the Memorial Museum in Nanjing on December 13, 2012. (Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images)

China's military officers are saying goodbye to elaborate state-funded banquets, thanks to a new ban by the Central Military Commission.

The move by the government committee was issued December 4, and aims to eliminate extravagance and corruption within the military's ranks, BBC News reported

Xinhua news agency reported that "receptions for high-ranking officers will no longer feature liquor or luxury banquets" and "welcome banners, red carpets, floral arrangements, formations of soldiers, performances and souvenirs" are also to be prohibited, Agence France Presse reported

The new laws also limit officers' travel, including stays in civilian hotels or in military hotels "specially equipped with luxury accommodation," the Wall Street Journal reported

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Military spouses, children and subordinates are also being put in line, and have been forbidden from accepting bribes, Xinhua said.

The ban did not lay out specific punishments for violations, according to WSJ. 

The Beijing Municipality has reportedly become the first local authority to introduce the new rules to its staff, BBC News reported. 

China's government is still reeling from the scandal involving former Chongqing party leader Bo Xilai, who is facing charges of corruption and abuse of power after being slated to take over in the recent Communist Party changeover, BBC reported. 

His wife was also arrested for murdering British businessman Neil Heywood. 

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