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China’s Moutai at epicentre of extravagance debate

Chinese premium liquor brand Moutai has become the centre of heated debate, both at the annual parliamentary session and on the internet, amid the current outcry in China over officials’ dining extravagance funded by public money.

The latest trigger was a Moutai executive’s response when asked about a national political adviser’s proposal to ban the pricey booze in government-funded dining sessions.

"If Moutai was banned, I would be confused what drink could be served at government receptions. Should it be Lafite (luxury French wine Chateau Lafite Rothschild) instead?" said Liu Zili, general manager of Guizhou Province-based Kweichow Moutai Distillery Co, at a media event last Friday.

(Source: Shanghai Daily)