In China, the Communist Party has issued a new 52-point ethics code, in an attempt to control growing corruption among officials, reported the BBC on February 22. The code bans members from property speculation, money-making deals, and lavish expenditure. The last set of rules was issued 13 years ago. Corruption has become an increasingly hot topic among the public. According to the new ethics code, party officials should avoid accepting gifts or using their influence to benefit family members. The guide bans lavish weddings and funerals, and overseas tours. It also expects officials to stay out of profit-making deals. Some of the most senior party officials in China have allegedly been involved in property speculation and spending lavish amounts on government buildings.