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New Chinese agency could undercut other anti-corruption efforts

Open government information would yield long-term benefits in war on graft

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Wang Chen, secretary-general of the National People's Congress, addresses the opening session of the congress on March 5.   © Reuters

China's National People's Congress is expected to ratify legislation during the next two weeks to create a new supra-agency, the National Supervision Commission, to institutionalize President Xi Jinping's signature anti-corruption campaign as a permanent feature of the state.

On Monday, Wang Chen, the newly elected secretary-general of the current legislative session, briefed lawmakers about planned revisions to the Chinese constitution. While most observers have focused on the removal of presidential term limits, another amendment will lay the groundwork for the new anti-corruption body, which will function independently of the judiciary and other state agencies.

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