What Is The Real Purpose of the Grand Memorial
of Xi Zhongxun?
Recently the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) held activities
across China to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of
Xi Zhongxun’s birth.
The CCP major mouthpieces are competing to praise
Xi Zhongxun’s sharp will and courage to reform.
Leftists and Rightists all gave speeches.
This grand memorial is somewhat unusual.
On October 15th, the CCP held a high-profile symposium
in the Great Hall to commemorate Xi Zhongxun, father of
CCP general secretary Xi Jinping.
More than 100 princelings attended the event.
These including descendants of Mao Zedong, Liu Shaoqi,
Deng Xiaoping, Li Xiannian, Yang Shangkun and others.
Even Gao Gang’s window Li Lichun attended.
In CCTV’s broadcast, Wen Jiabao and other so-called liberals
who advocate reform made appearances and gave speeches.
Political commentator Lan Shu: “CCP’s propaganda on
Xi Zhongxun is to strengthen the authority of Xi Jinping
inside the CCP.
This is to have some positive impact to mitigate the deepening
contradiction between the CCP and the Chinese people."
Formal Professor of History Liu Yinquan: “Leftists or
Rightists, those who support reform or those who want to
go back to the Mao era, all want to take advantage of this
event to exert pressure on Xi Jinping."
Xi Zhongxun was one of the few open-minded
Senior CCP leaders.
He was brutally persecuted during
the Cultural Revolution for 16 years.
When he returned he talked boldly about
reform in Guangdong.
In the late 1980s, he was sympathetic
to Tiananmen Students Protest.
he was ignored by Deng Xiaoping for
Defending Hu Yaobang.
HK’s Open magazine editor Jin Zhong: “To praise Xi
Zhongxun at this time is to showcase Xi Jinping’s power
as reasonable and legal."
Xi Zhongxun’s experiences and Xi Jingping’s experiences
of returning to the countryside in Shanxi Province during
the Cultural Revolution added some legendary flavor to Xi
When Xi Jinping came to power, his preaching about
locking power inside the cage and his hatred toward corruption
caused quite a lot of expectations from the outside world.
After the Southern Weekly incident earlier this year,
people began to lose hope.
In May, anti-constitutional propaganda took the stage.
Soon after, civic rights activists including Xu Zhiyong,
Guo Feixiong, Wang Ligong, etc. were arrested one by one.
Then Xi Jinping started the “rectification" movement
copying the Maoist theory and language, even including
“criticism and self-criticism" leading to provincial standing
committee members criticizing each other.
This series of escalating actions in suppression
made many people disappointed.
Liu Yinquan: “Xi Zhongxun was persecuted by
Mao Zedong’s leftist policy. This is a hard fact.
But unfortunately, after Xi Jinping came to power,
he still praises Mao Zedong."
Feng Chongyi and Yang Hengjun published an article
in Caixin, which read:
“Today we commemorate Xi Zhongxun to remember his
defiance against strong power.
We recall his reflections and awakening in his later days
and speaking up for the suffering Chinese people.
We honor his ‘humanity-oriented’ and ‘people-oriented’ path,
and his serious reflection on the party and the country.
NTD reporter Liu Hui