From the China Compliance Digest (Issue No. 7: March 19, 2012):
Known as ‘China’s national liquor,’ Moutai has become a mainstay of official government dinners and receptions, despite its per-bottle price of 2,000 yuan (US$316). Proposals to ban Moutai at government-funded events have become common in recent years.
On March 9, Moutai executive Liu Zili prompted widespread outcry when he responded to one such proposal, “If Moutai was banned, I would be confused what drink could be served at government receptions. Should it be Lafite (French wine Chateau Lafite Rothschild) instead?”
In a March 4 Newsweek article, Chinese liquor expert Zhao Chen said, “Chinese people have a saying—‘Those that buy Moutai don’t drink it; those that drink Moutai don’t buy it.’”
Professor Wang Ning of Zhongshan University recently put a finer point on it: “Buyers often use public funds, and sometimes their own money, to buy this wine in order to bribe government officials.”
Sources: Xinhua News, Newsweek
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