Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the CPC

The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) serves as the premier law enforcement, anti-corruption, and internal control body of the Communist Party of China (CPC). Thus, it ranks amongst the most powerful organizations in the People's Republic of China (PRC).

  • Secretary of CCDI: Zhao Leji

  • Number of Employees: Unknown

  • Annual Budget (Public): Unknown

  • Formed: 1978


Enshrined with the authority to enforce party and state rules, regulations, and laws, the CCDI serves as the most powerful anti-corruption group in the People’s Republic of China. The body’s exact jurisdiction is loosely defined in law, giving it freedom to maneuver when the situation dictates. In the past, it has largely focused on cases where a suspect has purportedly breached party policy or state law, although there are a plethora of cases where a case is simply politically motivated.


According to an in-depth investigation conducted by The Intelligence Ledger in 2019, it is clear that agents of the CCDI have repeatedly utilized torture techniques to solicit information or confessions from targets. Methods of torture include the use of beatings, sleep deprivation, cigarette burns, and waterboarding.

The CCDI is an extremely secretive organization. In order to add to its mythos, the government of the PRC refuses to print the location of the CCDI's headquarters building on tourism maps. It is commonplace to see guards chasing away photographers from the facility's nine-foot walls and roving patrols clearing the surrounding streets of onlookers.