Forum: Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely

Power Surge: China’s New National Supervisory Commission

by Tobias Smith

DURING XI JINPING’s first term in office, his flagship anti-corruption drive roiled through the Party; in his second term, it is reshaping the state. In March 2018, the National People’s Congress (NPC) established the National Supervisory Commission (NSC) — a massive new anti-corruption body — and introduced the Supervision Law of the People’s Republic of China to regulate it. The new NSC is a powerhouse. It reports directly to the NPC, making it a co-equal branch of government with the judiciary, the Supreme’s People’s Procuratorate, and the State Council.