A Chinese city party official’s expensive tastes reportedly led him to spend about HK$85,000 on a single meal, while he regularly drank luxury liquor hidden inside plastic water bottles.
Zhang Jianjin, a party member in Tianjin city and chairman of the state-owned Tianjin Pharmaceuticals Group, had had his party membership and public titles removed because of “severe violations of party rules”, the Communist Party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection reported.
The report issued by the top anti-corruption agency also said his alleged crimes would lead to him being dealt with by the courts
Between May 2013 and August 2015, Zhang, 59, had regularly visited top-class restaurants and accepted invitations to expensive meals, the report said.
The meals always features delicacies including abalone and shark’s fin, while Zhang insisted on drinking only maotai distilled Chinese liquor that was between 15 and 30 years of age.
When inspections and restrictions were tightened after President Xi Jinping’s crackdown on party officials’ extravagance, Zhang reportedly poured the liquor into water bottles so he could continue to drink his favourite tipple undetected.
It added that Zhang had also behaved extravagantly while away from Tianjin. In 2013, Zhang refused to drink the maotai offered to him by the chairman of a private company at a birthday party because the liquor was not 15 years old.
In 2014, he had also spent more than €10,000 (HK$85,000) on a single meal in Milan, while on a business trip in Italy, it said.