The Monitor's View In anti-graft probe, China toys with rule of law

By charging a former head of internal security, China's Communist Party suggests that no top leader is immune from the law. Will it now also accept that the party itself should be held accountable?



On the face of it, China turned a critical corner for a country on Tuesday. Zhou Yongkang, who had been on the all-powerful Politburo and was recently head of internal security, was accused of “serious violations of discipline,” which are code words for corruption. Perhaps now Chinese leaders have finally decided that the ruling party is not above the law or any person beyond its reach.