Xi Jinping Has no Choice but to Finish off Jiang Zemin
Following the downfall of Xu Caihou, vice chairman of the
Central Military Commission,
the leading Chinese Communist Party (CCP) mouthpieces released
articles implying that Xu’s boss is a party-leader-level
“super big tiger”.
Commentators claim that, former CCP leader Jiang Zemin
had used corruption and blackmail to make party and military
officers loyal to him.
As Jiang’s followers fall from their positions one by one
they must have confessed their connection with Jiang.
If so, the current leader Xi Jinping would unavoidably
have to take down Jiang Zemin himself in the end.
Soon after Xu Caihou’s downfall, CCP mouthpieces
Xinhuanet.com and People.cn both published an article titled:
“Why does French procuratorate dare to investigate
the former president?”
The article questioned “Are there higher-level corrupt
officials behind those who have fallen?”
“Who ‘trained’ and promoted those corrupt officials?”
“Are those promotions intentionally made to serve
for someone or simply oversights?”
The article further commented that some Chinese might
think that investigation of presidential-level individuals such as
Sarkozy is shameful to the state.
Therefore there are always groups who spare no efforts to
protect former party leaders in China.
“Indeed, that is nothing but their wishful thinking and
Chinese people won’t regard it as a shame.”
ultimate courage and investigate Sarkozy-level “big tigers”,
saying “Eliminate them, now or never”.
Xia Xiaoqiang, political commentator:“Two possibilities here.
The first is to make preparations for future moves
against Jiang Zemin.
The second can be a reflection of public opinions.
The fact is, Jiang Zemin is the culprit that almost every
Chinese detests for his persecution of ordinary people.
Without taking down Jiang, Chinese society can hardly
get onto the track for sound development.”
After simultaneous publication by two party mouthpieces,
the article was widely copied by most Chinese
major news websites.
On July 11, Mingjingnews.com, an overseas Chinese website
that is said to relate to Jiang Zemin, published an article
saying that Xinhua’s article was a call to investigate Jiang Zemin
without naming him.
The article said Jiang Zemin made the decision to persecute
Falun Gong and inhuman atrocities such as live organ harvesting;
It was also Jiang that put Bo Xilai and Zhou Yongkang
up to plot the military coup against Xi Jinping;
Jiang also made several attempts to assassinate Hu Jintao,
and asked Zhou Yongkang to assassinate Xi Jinping twice.
The article said, all those acts seriously hit Xi Jinping’s
bottom line and Xi has no reason to let him off.
The article commented that Chinese media were trying to
make people feel that Xu Caihou’s downfall would soon
lead to Jiang’s doom.
The author however believes that it is still not the right time
for Xi Jinping to arrest Jiang;
Xi needs more preparations in future “tiger hunting”
battles and propaganda campaign.
Liu Yinquan, former Chinese professor of history:“After being put
into prison, Guo Boxiong and Xu Caihou will definitely
say that they had followed Jiang’s orders.
Zhou Yongkang embezzled a lot and most of the money
must have been submitted to Jiang.
Therefore Zhou also has to confess to that, to save his own life.
All corrupt officials will finally give up Jiang’s name
I believe the Central Commission for Discipline
Inspection (CCDI) already has a full house of materials
So Xi will unavoidably encounter Jiang even if
he does not want to.”
The CCDI recently said that over 60,000 high-level CCP
officials had fallen in the anti-corruption campaign.
Jiang Zemin’s agent in army, Xu Caihou was announced
by Xi Jinping himself to be expelled from the party and
was transferred to military procuratorate.
Zhou Yongkang is believed to be already under control.
Li Dongsheng was also arrested.
The former head of CCTV and Minister for Public Security
had helped Jiang in persecuting Falun Gong by plotting
the false “self-immolation” stunt in Tiananmen Square.
Another of Jiang’s followers in the army, Guo Boxiong was
detained in Qincheng Prison on corruption charges.
Guo’s son, Guo Zhenggang and his wife were also brought
away by Military Discipline Inspection officers
Since last October, Jiang Zemin’s name has “disappeared”
many times off official reports of memorial meetings.
On July 14, CCP mouthpiece reported that Xi Jinping,
Hu Jintao and Zhu Rongji attended the memorial meeting
of a provincial standing committee member in Tibet.
Jiang’s name was not in the report, which is regarded as
a signal of banning Jiang Zemin.
Sources close to the CCDI also revealed that former CCP
vice chairman Zeng Qinghong had been detained in Tianjin.
Zeng was regarded as the No.2 figure of Jiang’s faction.
Commentators say that the arrest of Zeng suggests Xi is taking
real steps in finalizing his campaign against Jiang
and his followers.
Interview & Edit/LiuHui Post-Production/Chen Jianming