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China to set up new anti-corruption body to oversee all public servants as it intensifies battle against graft

China will set up a new anti-graft body to consolidate separate state agencies and oversee all public servants in the latest move to combat deep-rooted corruption in the country.

Beijing and the provinces of Shanxi and Zhejiang will set up new supervision commissions as pilot programmes, according to a statement from the general offices of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, Xinhua reported late on Monday.

The commissions will later be implemented nationwide, according to the statement.

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The new body will be technically independent of the executive branch.

The ultimate goal is to build a state anti-corruption organ under the Communist Party’s leadership that will integrate separate anti-graft government forces and covers all public servants, the report said.

Members of the three provincial-level anti-corruption bodies, or supervision commissions, will be appointed by provincial legislatures.

The reform will position the commissions technically parallel to the provincial government, provincial courts and provincial prosecutors’ office.

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The Chinese government’s anti-corruption forces prsently include the Ministry of Supervision; the National Bureau of Corruption Prevention, which is affiliated with the MOS; and the Anti-Corruption Bureau under the supreme prosecutors’ office.

The MOS shares the same office and website as the party’s anti-graft organ, the Central Commission of Discipline Inspection.

Under Chinese law, the MOS is part of the central government and oversees only personnel in the executive branch. Personnel at local legislatures, local courts and prosecutors’ offices were expected to come under the watch of the new commissions, analysts said.