採訪/朱智善 編輯/尚燕 後製/鍾元
Three News Releases In One Day All Point To Zhou Yongkang?
On July 14, three noteworthy items of news were released.
First, the investigation of three henchmen
of Zhou Yongkang started.
Second, Liu Han, Sichuan tycoon, made his second
He is known to be closely connected to Zhou Bin,
son of Zhou Yongkang.
Third, the 18th Fourth Plenary will be convened earlier
and Zhou Yongkang’s corruption case is expected to conclude,
reported Hong Kong media, South China Morning Post.
Do they mean the much delayed Zhou Yongkang case will be
What is the end point for Zhou’s case?
These three items lead to the same key person: Zhou Yongkang,
former Secretary of the Commission of Politics and Law.
The three officials filed to be investigated on July 14
were Jiang Jiemin, Li Dongsheng, and Wang Yongchun.
All three of them were known as the henchmen
of Zhou Yongkang.
They were all expelled from the party last month.
The Supreme Procuratorate put them under investigation
on suspicion of taking bribes, and formally approved the arrest.
Jiang Jiemin is named long-term protege of Zhou Yongkang.
Wang Yongchun was an influential assistant
of Zhou Yongkang at Daqing Oilfield.
Their downfall as well as the removal of other senior oil field
officials was seen as clipping Zhou Yongkang’s wings
in the oil system.
Li Dongsheng, former Vice Minister of Public Security,
was dismissed last December.
In the dismissal announcement, the regime described him
as the Director of 610 Office, the security agency formed
under the instruction of Jiang Zemin for conducting persecution
of Falun Gong.
It is headed by a member of Politburo Standing Committee.
Both Zhou Yongkang and Luo Gan had led the 610 Office.
Commentator Lin Zixu: “In a very short period of time,
these three men were tied together and expelled from the party;
and now they are arrested on the same day,
the meaning of it is very obvious."
Also on the 14th, Liu Han, former Sichuan businessman,
faced a second trial in Xianning City for gang crime.
Liu Han was indicted in February on charges of alleged
underworld activities and premeditated murder.
The Chinese media reported the ‘Big Daddy’ behind him.
Caixin reported that Liu Han and Zhou Bin were partners
in business and investment.
Liu Han appealed after the death sentence verdict in May.
Overseas Chinese media believe the appeal verdict
will largely display the regime’s attitude
towards Zhou Yongkang’s case.
Another strong signal released on the 14th was that,
“The Fourth Plenary Session could be held earlier to announce
Zhou’s case," reported by the pro-Beijing Hong Kong media,
South China Morning Post (SCMP).
Several sources were reported to reveal the hope of the regime
to move up the Fourth Plenary to either August or early
September in response to the pressure
to announce Zhou Yongkang case.
SCMP reported the regime’s concern that Zhou Yongkang’s
downfall might shake domestic confidence
in the judicial system.
Sources from law enforcement and propaganda claimed
the Central will emphasize law and order in the Fourth Plenary.
It aims to reduce public concern that Zhou’s downfall
may be related to political struggle.
Independent commentator Li Shanjian: “Rumor has it that
Zeng Qinghong has also been controlled.
Whether it is true or not, this rumor must have its provenance.
It exists for a reason."
Three releases in one day, all attributed to one person,
But Zhou Yongkang is obviously not a full stop
to the recent series of actions by the regime.
Li Shanjian: “Their ultimate goal is far beyond Zhou Yongkang.
Considering Xu Caihou’s downfall just a few days ago,
along with the wide spread rumors about Guo Boxiong,
the scope is beyond Zhou Yongkang,
ever since the military was affected."
Lin Zixu: “When Xu Caihou was sacked, Jiang and Xi have
come to a showdown.
Xi Jinping could have a major action on Zhou Yongkang
in order to pave the road to clean the Jiang faction."
However, commentators further note that eliminating
the Jiang faction may not draw a line.
Li Shanjian: “Xi can only proceed with his task
with the complete elimination of the Jiang faction.
But whether or not his deeds are right and reasonable
is yet to be seen.
At least, he will have the opportunity.
Or, to put it frankly, his determination to solve the problem
from the root, that is, the Communist Party itself,
will decide if he can really resolve it."
Li Shanjian comments there is the opportunity to eliminate
But, the determination of the Central to resolve
the long-standing problems of the Communist Party itself
Interview/Zhu Zhishan Edit/ShangYan Post-Production/ZhongYuan