China’s National People’s Congress approved the creation of the “National Supervisory Commission” on Sunday, an agency that allows Communist Party leader Xi Jinping unfettered power to inspect potentially “corrupt” members of the Communist Party.
It is essentially a national version of the Communist Party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI), an agency which Xi successfully used to arrest thousands of party officials his loyalists claimed were engaged in bribery or other unethical behavior.
The South China Morning Post notes, citing government media, that the CCDI cannot currently target judiciary officials and others who are not officials in the Communist Party.
Celebrating the amendments to the Chinese Constitution passed this weekend, Xi Jinping delivered remarks in which he described how lack of sufficient adherence to communism could too easily “pollute” the “political ecology” of China and thus Beijing needs to expand its control over individuals as much as possible.
Don’t be dragged into the ‘muddy water’ by people around you,” Xi reportedly warned government officials.