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Jia Qinglin’s Appearance Can Not Clarify The Rumors
Recent rumors said that former member of the Politburo
Standing Committee of the CCP, Jia Qinglin was arrested for
On July 17, photos of Jia Qinglin’s appearance at
Mount Changshou in Qinhuangdao, Hebei Province
spread over the mainland internet.
Analysts pointed out that Jia Qinglin’s appearance
can not prove that the rumors of him being
investigated or arrested are false.
On the contrary, Jia Qinglin’s intention of using netizens
to refute the rumor shows his current situation is really bad.
On July 16, a mainland netizen, Wu Hongbo, posted on his
Weibo: ‘I have met Jia Qinglin at Mount Changshou in
Qinghuangdao this morning’, together with 3 photos of
In the photos, Jia Qinglin wears a wrinkled long-sleeved
blue shirt, and visits the scenic area accompanied
by local staff.
On July 17, Yangcheng Evening News, Broadcasting
Corporation of China, Sina and other portal sites in mainland
as well as Weibo all reproduced these photos.
Staff in the customer service center of Mount Changshou
also told Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post that Jia Qinglin
stayed at Mount Changshou for about 1 hour, and many
visitors had seen him.
However, in these photos, there are no local officials
with Jia Qinglin.
Some netizens stated that Jia had ‘proved the rumors are true’.
Beijing political watcher, Hua Po: “This news came
from a so-called netizen who claimed to meet Jia Qinglin
at Mount Changshou, this means Jia Qinglin is
in a very dangerous and miserable situation.
Rumors said Jia Qinglin was already arrested
some time ago, I do not think they are groundless.
Maybe Xi Jinping deliberately let it be known,
he wants to give a warning to tigers".
On July 11, many media people in the mainland disclosed
on the internet that 500 soldiers from The 38th Army
conducted the arrest of Jia Qinglin, and Jia was being
held in a prison in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia.
However, related posts and comments were quickly deleted.
Current affairs commentator, Lan Shu: ‘His appearance
can not prove that the rumors of him being investigated
and under house arrest are false.
Xu Caihou had intentionally attended a meeting with
the leading cadres together with Xi Jinping,
but he was still arrested afterwards.
Before Zhou Yongkang was being investigated,
he still occasionally made an appearance in public
for the media to report it’.
Jia Qinglin, now 74 years old, was promoted to deputy
secretary of the CCP in Fujian Province in 1985.
Since then, he served as governor of Fujian Province,
provincial party secretary and other positions.
In 1995, Jia was appointed as mayor of Beijing,
and took over as party secretary one year later.
He entered the Politburo on the first plenary session
of the 15th Communist Central Committee.
In November 2002, Jia Qinglin became a member
of the Politburo Standing Committee.
He was elected as CPPCC Chairman in March, 2003.
During Jia Qinglin’s tenure as provincial party
secretary of Fujian Province, the ‘Xiamen Yuanhua smuggling
case’, which shocked the world, occurred.
At that time almost all officials in Fujian were being held
accountable, but CCP General Secretary Jiang Zemin openly
expressed his support for Jia Qinglin.
Jiang arranged for Jia Qinglin’s wife, Lin Youfang, party
secretary of Fujian Provincial Foreign Trade Bureau,
to accept Phoenix TV’s interview and ‘clarify the rumors’.
In April 2014, Hong Kong’s Apple Daily reported that a news
editor of Bloomberg, who was forced to leave, disclosed
that Jia Qinglin’s family held shares in ‘Wanda Group’, the
company of China’s richest man Wang Jianlin.
According to the report, the CCP Central Commission for
Discipline’s Investigation against the abuse of power by senior
official’s relatives and friends came to Jia Qinglin.
His two sons, daughter and son-in-law were accused
of using Jia’s influence to collect money and take bribes.
Hua Po: ‘Jia Qinglin’s reputation is very bad. He was involved
in the Yuanhua smuggling case in Fujian.
People like him should not have been promoted like this.
However, Jiang Zemin forthrightly promoted his own man,
even promoted him to the Politburo Standing Committee.
If Xi Jinping does not hunt and punish this individual
in his tiger hunting, then it will be very difficult for him
to convince the public’.
Another big scandal of Jia Qinglin was his mistress, surnamed
Chen, in Fujian,.
Jia often drove from Fujian to Xiamen to meet her in the name
of ‘playing tennis’, and they have an illegitimate child.
This mistress was later made a provincial
official in Fujian.
Lan Shu: ‘Jia Qinglin’s main problem is corruption. His private
life also has problems: he has affairs with women.
Since the Yuanhua smuggling case, Jia Qinglin was being
promoted with his problems all the way.
Now the question is, all CCP officials are corrupt.
His arrest was obviously due to his conduct putting him
in the sightsof various groups with competing interest.
Jia Qinglin’s last appearance was at the end of March.
At that time, Jia Qinglin was wearing a suit and happily
inspecting the Dongfeng Automobile Company.
He was accompanied by Qian Yunlu, the former vice chairman
of the CPPCC National Committee, and many senior officials
of Hubei Province.
Interview/Zhu Zhishan Edit/ChenJie Post-Production/Li Anan