The Communist Party will create a set of rules to penalise cadres who fail to meet standards for political loyalty, according to the party’s top anti-graft chief. Wang Qishan, head of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, said the regulations would be an important “institutionalised cage” to rule the party strictly, according to a statement posted on the CCDI’s website on Tuesday. The decision to draft the rules was meant to send “a strong signal” to unify thought in the party, he added. The red badge of loyalty: Communist Party urges members to wear pins in unity drive Wang’s comments come three weeks after Ling Jihua, a one-time top aide to former president Hu Jintao, was officially charged. State media reported in mid-May that Ling would have to answer to charges of corruption, obtaining state secrets illegally and abuse of power. [We] must hold people accountable to force implementation, and transform rule over the party from ‘lax and soft’ to ‘tight and rigid’ Wang Qishan, CCDI chief “[We] must hold people accountable to force implementation, and transform rule over the party from ‘lax and soft’ to ‘tight and rigid’,” he said. The comments were made during meetings in Beijing and Liaoning province to discuss the regulations, the statement said. The rules aimed to address the clear failure of “pressure” from the top not being transmitted down the party ranks, Wang said. There was no reference to corruption being discussed in the meetings. Institutionalising the fight against corruption has been on the party’s agenda since 2013, when President Xi Jinping called for “putting power in the cage of institutions”, but details of the new rules were not made public until January, during an annual meeting of the CCDI. Graft cloud falls over former Communist Party boss of Chinese rust-belt province Back then, Wang said the party would seek to draft a set of regulations on accountability of its cadres. Wang chaired the meeting in Liaoning, where the former party boss Wang Min was detained for alleged corruption this year. Some Liaoning cadres also “unscrupulously formed their own clans”, according to a statement delivered by top discipline inspectors last week. The central government issued a set of “accountability regulations” in 2009, but these rules only punish dereliction of duty that leads to serious consequences such as a massive protest or a major loss of assets.