采访/周玉林 编辑/李庭 后制/周平
“Liberation Army Daily" Propaganda in High-profile—Leadership Infighting
The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) rarely needs to obey the
order of the Central Military Commission and Hu Jintao,
says an article published on March 19, by the Chinese
Communist Party’s (CCP) “Liberation Army Daily”.
Infighting among the CCP leadership is at its high,
with competition over power distribution and political routine.
The newspaper article is treated as a strong sign
of asking for the escorting and convoying of Hu Jintao.
March 19: After the CCP’s Chongqing leadership reorganized
“Liberation Army Daily" published a commentator’s article
in its front page, quoting Hu Jintao’s speech given to the PLA
during the 5th meeting of the 11th National Congress.
Hu Jintao said: “Political education is the first priority
in all developments",
“the PLA must insist unwaveringly that Party leads Army,
and this is the basic principle.”
The political meaning of the article is a focus.
The article also condemned the military for being
non-Party, non-political and non-nationalized.
Lan shu, a political affairs commentator, says,
in democratic countries,"military nationalization" is normal.
There is no relationship between military and government;
the democratically elected president leads the armed forces.
But in a communist totalitarian country, it is normal for
the communist party to control the military.
Now the CCP is undergoing leadership changes
as the fourth generation hands over to the fifth generation.
Consolidating its relationship with the army
is the focus of each struggling faction.
Lan Shu: “That’s why you saw Hu jintao visiting the army
often during the National Congress,
and why Jiang Zemin had promoted almost 200 generals
when he was in power.
The government used different ways to bribe the military.
They were ways to control the military."
The PLA is the CCP’s army and follows its orders, however,
Lan Shu says the PLA is currently divided into many factions.
Lan Shu:"In China, there’s a saying: One is not afraid
of committing a crime, but it’s dangerous to make mistakes".
If you commit a crime—a murder, arson, or organ harvesting
from living victims—it doesn’t matter.
But you can’t make mistakes. What’s a mistake? For example,
if you follow or support the wrong person, the results are bad.
Now there is infighting among the CCP’s leadership,
and it’s no wonder there are many factions within the PLA.
A person must select which faction he will follow.
Infighting in the CCP’s leadership directly impacts
the infighting in the PLA’s leadership."
After Bo Xilai was sacked, Chongqing’s party members and
officials publicly stated who they support during these days.
Chongqing Garrison also said publically that he
“highly supports the CCP Central Committee
and the Central Military Commission,
to keep the military’s consolidation and unity."
Shi Tao, a political affairs commentator, says
there’s two powerful factions within the CCP.
Hu Jintao, Wen Jiabao and Xi Jinping lead one faction,
Zhou Yongkang lead another one; same in the military.
Each military region and the local military groups
have their opinions.
But only Chongqing is making such a public statement,
Beijing didn’t do so.
Shi Tao thinks that under this kind of internal strife,
there will be instability inside the CCP regime.
Shi Tao: “Under the dictatorship, each faction of the CCP is
fighting for its own interests and protecting personal benefits.
During this process, they will kill each other
because the CCP is built on bloodshed.
Finally, the whole CCP system will collapse;
I always think this.
That’s the reason why we will see the details as time passes,
and everybody will see that infighting leads to downfall."
Lan Shu also says, the “Liberation Army Daily"asked the
military to be loyal to Hu Jintao and to the party,
showing that there are different factions within the PLA.
But who will win in this game is very hard to say