On the last day of the biggest meeting of year of the leaders of the Chinese Communist Party state-run media announced Party head Xi Jinping was taking direct control over a key law enforcement agency.
On Thursday, Beijing News published an article saying Xi was directly in charge of the Political and Legal Affairs Commission (PLAC) and would focus concern on the reform of the legal system in China. The decision was announced at the 4th Plenary of the Central Committee of the 18th National Party Congress.
The report said members of the Politburo Standing Committee had been in charge of the PLAC in the past, and Xi’s direct management was an upgrade in control of the agency. The report has been widely reproduced by mainstream Chinese media with a headline such as “Management Level Enhanced, General Secretary [Xi Jinping] Directly in charge of the Political and Legal Affairs Commission.”
Early in January, Xi also personally participated and led a Central PLAC meeting, the report said. At the meeting, Xi spoke harshly about government corruption, vowing to eliminate corruption and corrupt officials with “the strongest will and the strongest action.”
Established in 1991, the CCPSC had its name changed under Zhou into the Central Comprehensive Social Management Commission in 2011. The CCPSC and PLAC work under one roof and under the same leadership.
During Zhou’s leadership, the PLAC became an extremely powerful organ that supervised all law enforcement authorities, including the Ministry of Public Security, the Armed Police, the courts, the Procuratorate, and the prisons and labor camps.
Zhou used the PLAC’s vast powers to persecute practitioners of the spiritual discipline Falun Gong, which then-CCP head Jiang Zemin had banned in 1999. Under Zhou the detaining, torturing, and brainwashing of practitioners in China became most widespread.
Under the name of “stability maintenance” Zhou also employed the PLAC to suppress petitioners, rights defenders, and other spiritual groups, using the means developed against Falun Gong.
Full article: Chinese Regime Leader Xi Jinping Seizes Control Over Key Law Enforcement Agency (The Epoch Times)