China has issued guidelines on how much office space government officials may have, as part of an austerity drive launched by President Xi Jinping. The maximum size at ministerial level is fifty-four square metres; for lower ranking officials it's nine square metres. The detailed regulations to promote frugality also cover office equipment, heating and the size of corridors. A BBC correspondent says it's not uncommon in China for even low-ranked officials to occupy extravagant office buildings, often in under-developed towns or villages.
Alexi Marmot is interviewed on new Chinese office space standards and productive workspaces by James Coomarasamy on BBC World Service, Newshour, 27 Nov 2014. Click here to listen to the interview.