[LINK] Australia and China

stephen at melbpc.org.au stephen at melbpc.org.au
Tue May 5 16:57:50 AEST 2009

Assuming this BBC item today is factual perhaps it highlights that we as
a nation *will* have some disconnect with China's thinking going forward:

China orders officials to smoke
By Quentin Sommerville BBC News, Beijing  

A county in central China has ordered officials to smoke nearly a quarter 
of a million packs of cigarettes ever year, in the hopes of raising tax 

Gong'an county told civil servants and teachers to smoke 230,000 packs of 
the locally-made Hubei brand each year. 

Those who do not smoke enough, or are caught puffing on brands from other 
provinces, or overseas, face being fined or even fired .. 



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