In an extraordinary move, the Chinese government has moved to ban construction of all new government buildings for the next five years and disallow the Communist Party of China (CPC) and any government organisations from collaborating on construction projects.

On Tuesday, Chinese official news agency Xinhua reported that central authorities had issued a directive calling for an across the board halt to all new developments of government buildings and expensive government structures and banning both the CPC and banning government organisations from receiving any form of construction or donations…