Youth League Faction Seizes Power
The Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)
is making changes to its provincial leadership
before its 18th National People』s Congress.
The Youth League faction (League faction), which is closely
linked to Hu Jintao, has been gaining influence,
with a majority of China』s provinces being governed
by League faction members.
After Jiang Zemin』s alleged death and Lai Chanxing』s extradition,
analysts believe that the power of Jiang』s faction is dwindling,
and Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao are gaining ground.
Xinhua News Agency reported that the governor of Hebei,
Chen Quanguo replaced Zhang Qingli as CCP secretary in Tibet.
Zhang is scheduled to take over as the CCP secretary
of Hebei Province.
Both League faction members Luo Baoyou and Qin Guangrong,
were appointed secretaries of Hainan and Yunnan, respectively.
Zhang Qingli, a CCP hardliner that governed in Tibet,
used his authority to violently suppress the 2008 Lhasa Uprising.
Kate Saunders, spokesperson for the Free Tibet organization said,
“A change in Party secretaries does not mean
that the CCP has changed its policy on Tibet."
Chen Quanguao was the deputy governor when Li Keqiang was
governor of Henan Province, so he is regarded as Li』s trusted aide.
In 2009, Chen became the governor of Hebei Province.
Current changes at the governor and ministerial levels
also include provincial CCP vice-secretary positions of
Hainan and Ningxia Province, Yunnan, Jiangsu,
who is also the director of the PLA military court.
Other personnel changes on the provincial and ministerial level
will take place more gradually, from now on.
Taiwanese media quoted information sources by saying,
“It is highly possible for Inner Mongolia』s CCP secretary,
Hu Chunhua and Jilin』s CCP secretary, Sun Zhengcai,
to be re-appointed to new posts,
such as vice-premier or Beijing』s secretary.
Wu Fang, editor-in-chief of China Affairs magazine:
“Recently, four to five provincial leaders have been replaced,
with the League faction on the rise and Jiang』s clique on the decline.
I believe this is normal, because Jiang Zemin is dying,
thus his followers need to find a new master,
giving way for others to assume their positions."
Analysts believe that the recent Beidaihe Meeting
has favored Hu Jintao』s League faction.
Soon after the meeting, Hu visited Shenzhen and Guangzhou,
strongly supporting Guangdong』s CCP secretary, Wang Yang,
who is allegedly considered by the League faction
as a candidate for general secretary of the CCP.
Another strong figure in the League faction, Li Keqiang,
visited Hong Kong as a “warm-up exercise”
prior to his Chinese premier inauguration.
Although he brought 36 gifts to Hong Kong,
his visit sparked public protests, due to overly tightened security
measures that restricted people』s rights to demonstrate
and the freedom of press.
Hong Kong』s Apple Daily quoted sources, saying,
“Before Li』s arrival, at least two deputy ministers of public security
went to Hong Kong to physically arrange for Li』s security.
The Ministry of Public Security is controlled by Zhou Yongkang,
the CCP』s secretary of Political and Judiciary Committee.
Xinhua referred to Li』s visit as “inspecting Hong Kong"
and propaganda chief, Li Changchun, was responsible for this.
Zhou Yongkang and Li Changchun are in Jiang』s faction.
The designated next CCP president, Xi Jingping,
was also criticized.
Political commentator Wei Pu said that when U.S. Vice President,
Joe Biden, gave a speech to high school students in Dujiangyan
Xi Jingping seemed to lose interest,
and appeared to be absent-minded.
After Biden』s speech, Xi quoted Mao Zedong to the students,
“The world is yours, as well as ours, but ultimately is yours."
On his visit in Mexico in February 2009, Xi accused “foreigners
with full bellies and nothing to do" of finding fault with China.
On his visit to Germany in Oct. 2009, Xi gave Chancellor Merkel
a copy of Jiang Zemin』s works, as a gift.
It is common knowledge that, Xi, was the vice-secretary and acting
governor of Fujian when Lai Changxing was smuggling goods.
It is said that Xi Jingping was also involved in Lai』s case.
Wu Fang: “It is still uncertain whether Xi Jingping
will succeed to the presidency.
Before his official inauguration, things are still up in the air,
as his term has not ended
and small changes could cause him to either succeed or fail
at his bid to the presidency.
Due to his dubious association with Lai Changxing,
things are still not clear right now."
Boxun revealed that according to the Chinese Foreign Ministry,
while the CCP is still engaged in bitter internal debates
regarding Hu』s successor, Biden offered his opinion on
who he thinks should be appointed Hu』s successor,
which really surprised a lot of Chinese scholars.
Wu Fang pointed out that Jia Qingling, He Guoqiang
and Jia Yanan, who were also involved in the Lai Changxing case,
are currently being restrained by Hu Jintao.
On the 18th Congress, besides Xi Jingping, Jiang』s faction
members in the Politburo Standing Committee will step down,
as they are considered too old, according to a strict age policy.
Similar to Jiang, Hu Jintao could still continue to be
chair of the CCP』s Military Committee, for two more years.
NTD reporters Chang Chun, Li Yuanhan and Zhou Tian.