China's New Anti-Corruption Watchdog Gets First Chief
China's legislature on Sunday elected a veteran leader of a party-based anti-graft organ as first chief of the country’s newly-formed anti-corruption agency created under President Xi Jinping's effort to extend his battle against corruption.
Yang Xiaodu, 64, was picked to head the new national supervisory commission, an organization combining the Ministry of Supervision and the National Bureau of Corruption Prevention, as part of a major government overhaul.
He previously worked with Xi in Shanghai, and served for three years as a deputy of Vice President Wang Qishan when Wang led the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI), the Communist Party’s anti-graft organ, from 2012 to 2017. Wang was elected by the National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s legislature, as the country’s vice president on Saturday.
Yang has been a deputy chief of the CCDI since 2014 and will continue to serve in that role following his latest appointment.
Before joining the CCDI, Yang spent 13 years in various senior-level government or party roles in Shanghai from 2001. He was a member of the city’s party standing committee when Xi was the party chief of China’s commercial hub.
Establishment of the new national supervisory commission, which is at the same level as the country’s Supreme Court and the top prosecutor’s office, is widely viewed as a compliment to the anti-corruption work done by the CCDI. Authorities have encountered difficulty expanding the campaign to a broader level because the agency is only a party organ.
The new commission will share its office with the CCDI and report to the party as well as the NPC.
Its main mission will be to stamp out minor wrongdoing by officials and stop such acts from becoming big mistakes, Yang said earlier this month at an event on the sidelines of the NPC.
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