Bo Xilai Under Pressure, What Will Xi Jinping Do?
The incident involving Wang Lijun, Chongqing vice-mayor,
fleeing to the US Consulate, and the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) infighting is attracting world attention.
Latest news reports show that Bo Xilai has ruled Chongqing
for 4 years, and tried to clear former officials in Chongqing.
Bo had also broken the rules of the CCP, suppressing
Hu Jintao’s Youth League faction,
as well as old officials of Premier Wen Jiabao and He Guoqian,
Secretary of Central Commission for Discipline Inspection
How to deal with Bo Xilai? It is hard for Xi Jinping,
who is said to be the next successor of the CCP.
Since 2007, Bo Xilai, the party secretary of Chongqing,
had been demoted to Chongqing from Beijing.
He started the campaign “Red-song singing and
By using this chance, he ferociously suppressed former CCP
officials. The public called this “mafia struggling with mafia”.
Mainlander Mr. Zhou has been jailed in Jiulong prison
He said, at that time, over a dozen Chongqing officials were
jailed, including Chongqing Judicial Secretary Wen Qiang.
In the conversation, Zhou was told that police were using
a specially designed ‘Tiger bench’.
The wooden edge is erected as triangle for people to sit on.
Zhou: “Anyone who sits on the bench;
their bones cannot stand it.
After those people left the jail, most of them could not walk
for at least a few months or half a year.
Zhou said those people were often subjecting for 12 or 18
days, they were sat on bench, their bottom was rotten.
They were not allowed to sleep; they could not stand it,
this made them suffer.
Hong Kong Ming Pao reports that those officials haven’t been
cracked down, but they are not directly close to Bo. They have also been suppressed.
Chen Naiwen used to work for Wen Jiabao, and was former
Secretary of North New Zone Party Worker Committee.
The Secretary of He Guoqiang, the Vice-mayor of Chongqing,
Ling Yueming, Youth League faction officials
and former South Bank Zone Secretary, Zhang Ji,
have all been repeatedly suppressed by Bo Xilai.
However, Bo’s Red song and anti-mafia campaign haven’t
been praised by Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao.
Princeling Xi Jinping, CCP’s next successor, praised
Bo’s campaign when he visited Chongqing in Dec. 2010.
Hong Kong Apple Daily analyses that Wang Lijun went to
the US Consulate for asylum.
Yesterday’s hero of anti-mafia became today’s defection.
The greater problem is Wang is determined to expose
Bo Xilai, which left Xi Jinping in an awkward predicament:
If he is to protect Bo, Hu and Wen won’t accept it,
as it is bad for their image;
If he doesn’t protect Bo, princelings will lose interest and also
lose face for praising “Red-song singing and anti-mafia”.
Reports say, perhaps they will let Bo Xilai to step down in
a decent way.
It could be Xi Jinping’s first choice not to give him a heavy
punishment as Chen Yuliang had.
Political and economist commentator Cao’an Jushi told NTD
that another source said, Xi and Bo had an agreement.
Xi helps Bo to enter Standing Committee, however Bo needs
to obey Xi.
Between Princelings and youth leagues faction, Xi doesn’t want
youth league faction to get more seats in Standing Committee.
Cao’an Jushi: “Under such circumstances, relatively,
I prefer the scenario that Xi will stand in the middle.
Trying his best to calm down the situation.”
Jin Zhong, Chief Editor of Hong Kong Open magazine said,
Xi Jinping cannot handle dealing with Bo Xilai issue.
However, princelings and the CCP consider their own
interests and stable of political power.
They might possibly give more chances to Bo.
Jin Zhong: “The goal of stopping Bo entering the Politburo
Standing Committee can be achieved.
However, they won’t let him die.
Hu Jintao and Jiang Zemin will decide the fate of Bo Xilai.”
Other reports said U.S. Congressman Dana Rohrbacher,
chairman of the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee
has promised he would investigate the handling of Wang’s
case, which has attracted world attention.
The CCP has always pursued “wash dirty linen at home”.
However it is very difficult to achieve this time.
NTD reporters Zhou Yulin, Li Qian and Wang Mingyu