Oversized affordable houses built exclusively for officials

An apartment at the Sweet Homeland community in Xingtai, Hebei province.   Apartments in an affordable housing project in Xingtai, Hebei province, are much larger than they should be, and all of them have been sold to officials from local government departments and institutions, according to the Beijing Times. Most of the affordable housing units in the Wenxin Jiayuan (Sweet Homeland) community range from 100 to 200 square meters. However, the largest ones are over 260 square meters, a homeowner in the community said. According to China's regulations on

Party chief of poor Hebei village sacked over daughter's lavish wedding

The Communist Party of China (CPC) head of a poverty-sticken township was sacked over his daughter's opulent wedding, serving as a warning to all CPC members, the Party said in a circular on Monday. Yue Shuwang, party chief of Pingdingbao Township, the seat of impoverished Guyuan County in north China's Hebei Province, was removed from his post after an investigation showed that he spent 200,000 yuan (about $32,400) on a wedding banquet for his daughter on July 17 and received 1 million yuan in gifts from others. Yue has been ordered to return the money he accepted. The circular
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