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Feature | The National Supervision Commission: From "Punishing the Few" toward "Managing the Many"

Feature | The National Supervision Commission: From "Punishing the Few" toward "Managing the Many" by Michael Laha [Yang Xiaodu, director of the National Supervision Commission, answers questions on the sidelines of the 19th Party Congress] It has been over a year since the People’s Republic of China (PRC) passed the  National Supervision Law , part of a major governmental reorganization that relocated a significant amount of power into the hands of the central leadership of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The law  created  a new state anti-graft institution called the National Supervision Commission (NSC). The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI), a party organization charged with anti-corruption work, will be “co-located” with the newly formed NSC. Now, the CCDI and the NSC work jointly under an  arrangement  called  heshubangong  (合署办公), whereby CCDI and NSC staff work in the same physical office space and share resources (though the CCDI w


Jul 16, 2019   SHARE TO MORE The relationship between the United States and China has recently included significant low points, with questions about the deteriorating relationship, the ongoing  trade war , and implications for global power dominating the conversation. In  The Washington Post, prominent members of the foreign policy, military, academic and business communities penned an open letter to President Trump and members of Congress to express their concerns about the U.S.'s recent posture and to urge that China "is not an enemy" in the current world order.  Signatories of the letter include nearly 100 prominent scholars, diplomats, military specialists and business leaders, including scholar Joseph S. Nye, Jr. and diplomat Thomas Pickering. Together, they put forward seven propositions regarding their views toward U.S.-China relations and recent policy action: "The current approach to China is fundamentally counterproductive.""We do not believ

Concentration camps or a model counterterrorism program? Photo credit: A visual representation of countries that signed letters to the UN Human Rights Council against and in defense of China’s ethnic policies in the Xinjiang region. Map made by Reddit user  Hamena95 An extraordinary event in human rights diplomacy happened in the last week: Two unprecedented letters to the president of the UN Human Rights Council were signed by dozens of countries expressing either support for or condemnation of China’s treatment of Turkic Muslims in the Xinjiang region. The condemnation came first, from the ambassadors of 22 countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, and many Western European countries, but  not the United States, which quit its position on the council a year ago . China responded with a letter of its own:  Russia and Saudi Arabia were among the 37 states that expressed support for China’s ethnic policies in Xinjiang as a successful “counter-terrorism and deradicalization” program,  Reuters reports . WHAT'S REALLY G