Expense Limits for American Diplomats in China Posted Online

American Ambassador Gary Locke at the Boao Forum for Asia.

American Ambassador Gary Locke at the Boao Forum for Asia.

From NetEase:

Table of expense limits for American diplomats in China posted online

April 2nd, media reported that Luo Jiahui [US Ambassador Gary Locke] could not afford a 5-star suite while attending the Boao Forum for Asia, because the price was 3x the regulations of the American government’s travel lodging regulations. One person said it was a “show”. [Former Google China President] Lee Kai-fu shared on his weibo a table of expense limits for American diplomats in China. The table shows that the lodging expenses for officials in Kunming is no more than 127 USD, in Lijiang is no more than 67 USD. It can clearly be seen that this was formulated based on the prices of various cities.

Daily travel and lodging expenses for United States diplomats in China, by city.

Comments from NetEase:

lbg224522 [网易广西南宁市网友]:

America has regulations [expense limits], everyone has the responsibility to comply with them, and one has to pay from one’s own pocket the amount that exceeds the regulations; We also have regulations, but they are just for decoration, because the organizers [of a function] have already taken care of the expenses, and the officials especially don’t have to pay a single cent of money, but still have plenty to eat, drink, and be merry with, and they even get a fee for making an appearance/attending.

人民养鸡场 [网易江苏省无锡市网友]:

Please lost online the table of expense limits for Chinese diplomats in America, I want to see ours~

retty020 [网易广东省广州市番禺区网友]: (responding to above)

Sorry, that’s a state secret and can’t be made public.

磚家瞞診 [网易广东省网友]: (also responding to 人民养鸡场)

There’s a minimum expense limit, no maximum expense limit.

llkk84918 [网易江西省南昌市网友]:

Haha! Every day our enemies get worse while we get better by the day~ Just look at how poor the American imperialists are! Just one of our village mayors are more than a hundred times more powerful than these so-called diplomats!

装羊的狼 [网易浙江省网友]:

Can you please not publicize these things, [because] the more we know, the more miserable we feel, now knowing but still unable to change anything. Commenting without beating around the bush, if you aren’t careful, you’ll be spreading rumors again.

三体星人 [网易浙江省杭州市网友]:

I think this must be a reason why America is strong and powerful.

sdytwzy [网易山东省青岛市网友]:

China is still better, not seeking to be best, just seeking the most expensive.

家财猫是免费家庭记账软件 [网易北美地区网友]:

So pitiful, better to just stay in the free [accommodations].


President Obama and his wife spend tens of millions of USD just vacationing every year, this is just a few diplomats sent here to win favor from the mainland’s American running dogs.


Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.


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