Hu Puts Pressure on the Jiang Faction
On the second day of Chinese President Hu Jintao’’s
participation in the second Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul,
People’s Liberation Army Daily in China published an article
asking armed forces to unconditionally obey the party.
Commentators believe this is Hu Jintao putting pressure
on Zhou Yongkang and the Jiang faction.
Others believe it serves no benefit for the military
to get involved in politics.
In the 27th Liberation Army Daily article entitled, “high degree
of awareness about the overall political situation and discipline,"
it states, “under the new and profound changes in the world,
the country, and the party….(we need) to ensure the military
forces resolutely obey the Central Military Commission and
Chairman Hu at any time under any circumstances.”
Overseas Internet writer Xia Xiaoqiang believes the “changes
in the world, the country, and the party" in the article refers to the Jiang faction,
represented by Bo Xilai and Zhou Yongkang,
occupying Politics and Law Committee headquarters and
possessing separate “Central’ military power which
could pose as a deadly threat to both Hu and Wen.
“During Hu’s visit in Seoul, the army displayed their
allegiance via the “Liberation Army Daily," noted Wu Fan,
a political commentator, “which presents both internal
and external meanings."
Wu Fan: “To convert the military power from following
Jiang Zemin in the past to obeying Hu Jintao now is the internal.
As for the external, it’s against his opponent.
His opponents are the armed police, the public security,
and people like Zhou Yongkang and Bo Xilai.
Zhou Yongkang is now being controlled, and this serves
a mental stress."
The army newspaper recently intensified their requirement
for maintaining stability in forces and politics.
Five series of comments interpreting Hu Jintao’s speech
to the PLA delegation on the Fifth Session of the 11th National People’s Congress were published,
emphasizing to “resolutely resist the nationalization of
the military and sharp struggle of ideology," “keep the forces secure and stabile," and so on.
People believe that it reveals Hu Jintao’s increasing control
over the armed forces.
Bo Xilai’s stepping down has intensified infighting
within CCP leadership.
“Comply with the CCP Central" has become the “buzz-phrase"
in the Chinese Communist political arena.
People are reacting differently to this phenomenon.
The well-known economist Mao Yushi wrote a microblog
stating that the army and police are agencies with weapons,
therefore it seems beneficial to control them in a political
struggle for power within the party.
In fact, they could also get hurt if not done properly.
Former Hebei People’s Radio Editor, Zhu Xinxin,
does not believe the army should intervene in political disputes
if the CCP is to implement Wen Jiabao’s political reforms
Zhu Xinxin : “The armed forces should be the first
to remain neutral, and not get involved in political disputes.
No party should use the army and police to intervene
in a political struggle.
Political struggles between the parties should be limited
within the scope of the legal system and democratic process."
Wu Fan indicated that using army as a political tool in the
Chinese Communist power struggle can’t solve China’s problems.
Wu Fan : “China’s problems can not be solved
by using the army as a political tool.
Can the army resolve social conflicts, economic conflicts,
or the declining productivity in China? Absolutely not.
Even the Communist Party itself can not resolve
There is only one way to go, only eliminating
the Communist Party can solve China’s problems."
The PLA Daily article on the 27th also said that before the 18th
National Congress of the Communist Party, the struggle in ideology will become more acute and complex.
Therefore, it was repeatedly stressed to absolutely obey
the command of the CCP Central Committee and Central Military Commission and Chairman Hu."
Facing retirement at the 18th National Congress, Hu Jintao’s
whereabouts after his retirement has caused much speculation by the outside world.