Chinese President Xi Jinping waves during a press event to introduce the new members of the Chinese Politburo in Beijing's Great Hall of the People Wednesday, Oct 25, 2017. The seven-member Standing Committee, the inner circle of Chinese political power, was paraded in front of assembled media on the first day following the end of the 19th Communist Party Congress. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

INTERNATIONAL - China aims to pass a national supervision law and set up a new commission next year to oversee an expansion of President Xi Jinping’s campaign to fight corruption in the ruling Communist Party and government, the party said on Sunday.

The moves will be made during the country’s annual meeting of parliament early next year, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI), the party’s anti-graft watchdog, said in its report to a five-yearly party congress last week. The report had not been previously released, and gave few other details on the commission.

The new National Supervision Commission will take over from the CCDI and merge multiple anti-graft units, according to an announcement last year. It will also expand the purview of Xi’s anti-graft campaign to include employees at state-backed institutions who are not necessarily party members.

Since coming to power in 2012, Xi’s signature anti-corruption drive has jailed or otherwise punished nearly 1.4million party members and he has emphasised the importance of improving China’s rule-of-law architecture.

In his congress address, Xi said the party will scrap the practice of secretive interrogations known as “shuanggui”, in which cadres accused of graft and other disciplinary violations are routinely subjected to extra-judicial detention, isolation and interrogation by the CCDI. The CCDI only hands cases over to police and judiciary for prosecution. 

- REUTERS