The annual meeting of China’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) concluded yesterday, and it’s clear from the results that the Communist Party’s anti-corruption purges will continue unabated in 2016. As we wrote last week, the CCDI’s priorities for 2016 are a useful gauge for ascertaining how successful President Xi Jinping will be at consolidating centralized authority for himself and the Communist Party of China (CPC) in the wake of tensions with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and stresses on the Chinese economy stemming from slowing growth. Despite a rough start on both of these fronts, the CCDI appears to have lost none of its vigor.
According to the China Daily newspaper, the CCDI punished 91,550 officials for corruption in 2015. A CCDI statement on Jan. 12 said that approximately 34,000 of the infractions were “frugality violations,” such as the personal use of official vehicles or the giving and receiving of bribes. China Daily also reported th