A paramilitary police officer patrols the area around Tiananmen Square ahead of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, in Beijing, China October 13, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer

BEIJING (Reuters) – No free fruit in hotel rooms, no free hair cuts and no prawns on the menu – delegates at this week’s Communist Party Congress in China can expect austere treatment in keeping with President Xi Jinping’s pledge to crack down on corruption and extravagance.
Part of Xi’s fight against deep-seated graft has been to ensure officials are not seen abusing their positions and wasting public money, after a series of scandals involving high-living bureaucrats ignited public anger.
Wang Lilian, who has helped oversee hospitality for delegates at three previous party Congresses, told state radio in remarks reported on Sunday that this time, things are going to be very different.
Delegates will, for example, find their hotels bereft of the large welcoming banners and displays of flowers common in previous years.
But the biggest difference will be with their rooms and food, Wang said.
“There won’t be any …
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