Government departments nationwide spent far less going abroad the first half of this year, following strict penny-pinching requirements from the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC).
Compared with the average of the past three years, the number of groups going abroad the first half of 2009 decreased by 55 percent, and the number of travelers decreased by 53 percent, according to a report.
Central departments spent 597 million yuan ($87.4 million) less on going abroad, buying and using cars, and business receptions. Local governments reduced expenses by 15.2 billion yuan, according to the report.
He Guoqiang, secretary of discipline committee of the CPC Central Committee, said watching expenses and forbidding travel abroad on the public dime is important in the face of the world economic crisis, and will improve transparency and strengthen the work of party members.
"We have seen the first results of clean and honest politics and we should persist in achieving more," He said.