A 'super' ministry to root out corruption

Bo Xilai in court as the decision of his appeal is announced at the Shandong Higher People’s Court in Jinan, in this still image taken from video on Oct 25, 2013. The court rejected his appeal and upheld his life sentence on charges of bribery, cor
Bo Xilai in court as the decision of his appeal is announced at the Shandong Higher People’s Court in Jinan, in this still image taken from video on Oct 25, 2013. The court rejected his appeal and upheld his life sentence on charges of bribery, corruption and abuse of power. PHOTO: REUTERS/CHINA CENTRAL TELEVISIONPHOTO: REUTERS/CHINA CENTRAL TELEVISION

China is set to pass a law to set up a "super" ministry dedicated to fighting corruption, vastly expanding the scope of President Xi Jinping's ongoing anti-graft campaign beyond Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials.

The state Constitution will also be amended at the annual meeting of the National People's Congress (NPC) that begins tomorrow to designate this super body, the National Supervisory Commission, as a new branch of government answerable to the NPC and its standing committee.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 04, 2018, with the headline 'A 'super' ministry to root out corruption'. Print Edition | Subscribe