Xi's campaign against boozing cadre seems to be hitting some bottom lines, says Caixin. The piece includes this lovely little detail:
As a chaser, that same month the Central Military Commission said military officials should not drink alcohol when they visit subordinate units.
Especially not 2nd artillery. Also, this:
"The government agencies and the military can buy 30 percent to 50 percent of some high-end baijiu makers' annual production," an executive at a distillery in the southwestern province of Guizhou said.
This is usually looked at through the lens of corruption/extravagance and I'm sure a lot of the fancy booze is circulated round the gift economy for a long time before being consumed but as I've said before having a government which consumes up to half the grain alcohol produced in China is a pretty major problem in itself. It's just after midnight over there, on Saturday morning. I dread to think what state a plurality of the Communist Party's in right now. (via)