Retired Senior Leaders Treated Like Emperors
China’s central regime has unauthorized rules. Senior
officials’ treatment remains unchanged after they retire.
In March, a Chinese Communist Party (CCP) official Ge
Jianxiong raised a proposal to the regime.
Ge suggested making regulations for retired officials where
the information should be open to the society.
Ge told NTD television reporter that he received a formal
response from the government.
Ge Jianxiong, 68, member of National Committee,
is an outspoken person regarding livelihood issues.
He often speaks for civilians during CCP annual meetings.
Media respectfully call him “Cannon Ge” or “Sharp Peter Pan”.
Ge told NTD that he raised a proposal to the National
People’s Conference and Political Consultative Conference.
He suggests drawing up rules for treatment
of retired leaders at central regime level.
If there is no clear rule, the current leaders
will find it difficult when they face complaints.
It should clearly indicate what the level other leaders are, and
standard treatment, period, range and protection needs.
If they deserve a special treatment they should get it,
but this has to be clearly stated.
Now there are a couple of hundred or so retired leaders in
the central regime.
Their special treatment should not be passed on to their
children.Taxpayers’ money can’t be spent like this.
Ge Jianxiong: “Who should deserve it? They should
let everyone know.
Normally, to maintain a certain etiquette should be fine.
But what kind of scale and for how long?
What should be retained and what is unnecessary?
This should be clearly stated.
It will be easy for all, when people contact them,
they will follow the rules.”
Ge Jianxiong says the relevant offices
have responded his proposal.
Ge: “They replied, they had some rules, and they think my
suggestions are correct.
They will make further and clear rules.”
Overseas Chinese media reported a document from the CCP
Organization Department Veteran Bureau.
This revealed that 12 former leaders including Jiang Zemin,
Li Peng, Qiao Shi, Zhu Rongji and Li Ruihuan have the most
senior retirement privilege treatments.
Each of them has six guards, two drivers, two staff, two
secretaries, one chef, one doctor and one nurse.
Jiang also was equipped with an eight-staff office formed by
high-ranking officials from Party, government and military.
105 retired members of the Politburo, Deputy Secretary
of National People’s Congress, Vice Premier, State Council,
and Central Military Commission,
each have two guards, one driver, two staff, one chef,
one doctor and two cars.
When they take a flight, they can occupy six to eight seats at
first class or economic class area.
If they take a train, they can take up one soft-seat
compartment or add an extra compartment.
In addition, if they have special needs, they can apply to the
central regime or relevant departments, and will get it.
For example, when Jiang Zemin reviewed his book “Jiang
Zemin Works” and Li Peng reviewed his book “Li Peng
Diaries”, the central regime gave them more staff.
Also, as a political task, the Literature Research Center,
Party History Research Center, Central Archives Library
and publishing house had to guarantee its publication.
Ge says he heard that some retired leaders required
Ge: “For example, some places prepare receptions for a leader.
They do this to a usual high standard, but the secretary of the
leader complained that it was not enough.
Sometimes, the leaders’ family members use their influence,
asking for the same treatment when they travel.”
Retired senior leaders special treatment means, when they
travel, they can have two Air China special planes, two
military planes and three trains with seven compartments.
Along their travel route, there are armed security personnel,
all the passenger trains have to stop and give way.
Even the express-train going in the same direction,
must stop earlier, and let the special train pass.
Sources said that when retired leaders visit places, the local
leaders will go to see that leader, and accompany him around
on his visit.
Dozens of cars follow, police cars also escort
at the front and back of the entourage
Although Jiang Zemin, Li Peng and Zhu Rongji retired,
when they go on holiday, their treatment remains in accordance
with their previous positions
Sometimes things are exactly the same.