Date
17 August 2017
Actions taken by China's disgraced former security czar Zhou Yongkang (inset) have come in for tight scrutiny at recent gatherings of mainland officials.
Photos: http://www.chinapeace.gov.cn, Reuters
Actions taken by China's disgraced former security czar Zhou Yongkang (inset) have come in for tight scrutiny at recent gatherings of mainland officials. Photos: http://www.chinapeace.gov.cn, Reuters

Beijing takes another step to break Zhou Yongkang legacy

Chinese authorities have taken another step in dismantling the political legacy of Zhou Yongkang, the nation’s former security czar who has been snared in Beijing’s anti-corruption drive.

The Central Committee for Comprehensive Social Management, a body formed in 1991, has been made to revert to its original name — the Central Committee for Comprehensive Management of Public Security.

The original name had been changed in July 2011 when Zhou was a director at the agency, Mingpao Daily noted.

Meng Jianzhu, Secretary of the Commission for Political and Legal Affairs, announced the change recently at a seminar on trial schemes of judicial system reform, the report said.

Some scholars said resuming the original name is aimed at shrinking the power of the committee that had been led by Zhou, as well as to rectify the wrong path that the central government allowed Zhou to take earlier.

The renaming of the committee three years ago led the number of departments under its control to increase to 51 from 40, covering additional management duties on things such as information networks, propaganda, guidance of public education and social security.

Zhou could be expelled from the Communist Party at the Fourth Plenary Session of the party’s 18th Central Committee that is currently underway in Beijing.

Wang Yukai, a professor at the Chinese Academy of Governance and vice chairman of China’s Association of Administrative System Reform Research, was quoted as saying that the government is aiming to rectify the chaos seen in social management during the Zhou era.

The Zhou-led move to enhance the scope of powers of the Central Committee for Comprehensive Social Management enabled the former official to expand his influence. 

Wang said Zhou’s attempt to maintain social stability through high level of pressure was wrong. The efforts should instead have been directed at injecting vitality into the social system, he said.

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