Hearing of Lai Changxing Starts, Targeting the New Gang of Four
Taiwan media has revealed that the principal offender in the
Miamen “Yuanhua Smuggling case” Lai Changxing will stand trial at the Intermediate Court in Xiamen on March 29.
This will be the first time that Lai Changxing is tried
since his extradition from Canada last July.
This is a huge smuggling case which involves hundreds of
officials in mainland China, Taiwan, and Macau.
The interesting thing is, that for such a huge case,
all media in China are banned from reporting on it.
External analysts believe that this abnormal situation reflects
the current infighting among the CCP’s high level figures.
According to earlier reporting by CCP media, between 1996
and 1999, Xianmen Yuanghua Corporation is alleged to have
smuggled goods valued at 25 billion yuan ($3.97 billion USD).
The case involves CCP officials at various levels.
During this time period, Xin Jinping was Fujian province
deputy-secretary of the CCP and He Guoqiang was the governor.
Also, Jia Qinglin served as Fujian secretary of the CCP from
1994-1996 with his wife Lin Youfang as secretary of Fujian Provincial Foreign Trade Group.
Lai Changxing’s Huayuang Corp was the largest foreign
trade company at the time.
For a case this big, no mainland media have reported on the
first trial, this has puzzled netizens.
Chief Editor of China Affairs Wu Fan believes that, He Guoqiang and Xi Jinping who are involved in the case
are now on the side of Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao,
but Jia Qinglin no longer plays a role.
Right now, the Huangyuang smuggling case is being used
to target Li Changchun,
but Li is the member of the Politburo standing committee
in charge of propaganda and publicity.
Wu Fan, says “He is using this case to target the ‘new gang
of four’, which includes Jia Qinglin, Li Changchun, Wu Bangguo and Zhou Yongkang.
Now that Zhou Yongkang is out, Jia Qinglin is almost done.
Li Changchun and Wu Bangguo are left, Jiang Zemin is nearly done,
every one under Jiang Zemin will now be taken out.”
An insider in Xiamen spoke of the possibility that, Lai Changxing
will be tried on April 4, but that the trial might not be in Xiamen.
Wu Fan continues, “It will only be after the high level
fighting ends, that the Lai Changxing case will end.
He will let out a little bit day by day;
he won’t finish the trial today and immediately be sentenced.
After today, he will be tried again on April 6,
although not in Xiamen, it will drag on at a different place, show a little, and give out a warning.”
According to sources, while Lai Changxing was jailed in
Xiamen, Canadian diplomats periodically visited him.
International Affairs commentator Wen Zhao
has commented that, according to customs of the CCP,
usually if any foreign country is seen trying to get involved in
cases in mainland China it will be viewed as interfering with the Chinese legal system.
However, when Lai Changxing was extradited back to China,
Hu Jintao not only allowed Canadian diplomats to visit, but also allowed them to sit in at the hearing.
This shows that the Lai Changxing case is quite important for
the infighting among the CCP high level officials.
Wen Zhao tells us, “In dealing with the Bo Xilai case,
the Jiang faction Politburo standing committee member Jia Qinglin didn’t make any stance
because he is heavily involved in the Xiamen Yuanghua
I suspected that Hu and Wen had used this card to control
Jia Qinglin, forcing Jia to stay quiet and not make any stance on the political issues that will emerge.”
On Dec 30 of last year, CCP media outlet Xinhua reported
that Lai Changxing had already confessed to the smuggling charges against him and
that the case will be investigated according to the law.