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China: Jiang Zemin proves his core status by winning the game of thrones

Jiang Zemin

Jiang Zemin has again proved his dominance as the core of the party’s third collective leadership by obtaining a much bigger majority in China’ new Politburo Standing Committee (PSC).

In its report Jiang Zemin faction wins in China’s game of thrones SCMP says: “The former president outmanoeuvred his successor Hu Jintao, who only got one man from his faction into the Politburo Standing Committee

“In a game between two sides, a win for one is a loss for the other.

“In the game of party power, most analysts believe former president Jiang Zemin outmanoeuvred his successor, Hu Jintao, in influencing the selection of the next generation of leaders.

“Hu, who stood down as Communist Party secretary general at the party’s just-concluded 18th national congress, has failed to install political allies in several key positions, particularly membership of the party’s inner-most Politburo Standing Committee.”

“Most China watchers agreed the single most important factor in the selection of the Politburo Standing Committee and the wider, 25-member Politburo, was ‘patron-client ties’.

“Analysts view the failure to promote party organisation head Li Yuanchao and Guangdong party boss Wang Yang (into the PSC) as signs of Hu’s loss of influence.

“Of the 25 Politburo members, nine are from the (Hu’s) Communist Youth League. Analysts said Hu also failed to get Hunan party chief Zhou Qiang and his former chief of staff, Ling Jihua, promoted to the Politburo. Chen Shiju, Hu’s personal aide, failed to win promotion to the 205-strong Central Committee or one of its 171 alternate members.

Premier Wen Jiabao also appears to have lost in the battle to promote his protégés. A glaring example is Ma Wen, who surprisingly did not retain her spot on the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, the party’s anti-graft watchdog.

“Most analysts said Jiang, who stepped down as party chief in 2002, played a key role in selecting the new leadership, outmanoeuvring Hu in some cases.”

“However, analysts also said Hu protégés were well positioned to become leading candidates for the Politburo Standing Committee in 2017”.

“Hu protégés Sun Zhencai, Jilin’s party chief, and Hu Chunhua, Inner Mongolia’s party boss, were both from Communist Youth League. At 49, they are the youngest Politburo members and among leaders expected to reach the pinnacle of power a decade from now.”

I wonder whether that shows that Hu Jintao has built quite a strong power base to succeed Jiang as the core of the party’s fourth generation of collective leadership when Jiang has passed away.

Source: SCMP “Jiang Zemin faction wins in China’s game of thrones”

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Author of the book "Tiananmen's Tremendous Achievements" about how with the help of Tiananmen Protests, talented scholars with moral integrity seized power in the Party and state and brought prosperity to China. The second edition of the book will be published within a few days to mark the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests All the parts in the first edition remain in the second edition with a few changes due to information available later and better understanding. There are also some changes for improvements of style. The new parts are Chapters 12-19 on events in China after the first edition was published: The fierce power struggle for succession between reformists and conservatives; Xi Jinping winning all elders’ support during his mysterious disappearance for 2 weeks in early September, 2012; and Xi Jinping Cyclone. Chan Kai Yee's new book: SPACE ERA STRATEGY: The Way China Beats The US An eye-opening book that tells the truth how the US is losing to China. The US is losing as it adopts the outdated strategy of Air-Sea Battle while China adopts the space era strategy to pursue integrated space and air capabilities: It is losing due to its diplomacy that has given rise to Russian-Chinese alliance. US outdated strategy has enabled China to catch up and surpass the US in key weapons: Hypersonic weapons (HGV) that Pentagon regards as the weapon that will dominate the world in the future. Aerospaceplane in China’s development of space-air bomber that can engage enemy anywhere in the world within an hour and destroy an entire aircraft carrier battle group within minutes. Anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons, anti-ASAT weapons, stealth aircrafts, drones, AEW&C, etc. The book gives detailed descriptions of China’s weapon development based on information mainly from Chinese sources that the author monitors closely. U.S. Must Not Be Beaten by China! China is not a democracy. Its political system cannot prevent the emergence of a despotic leader or stop such a leader when he begins to bring disasters to people. A few decades ago, Mao Zedong, the worst tyrant in world history did emerge and bring disasters to Chinese people. He wanted to fight a nuclear war to replace capitalism with communism but could not bring nuclear holocaust to world people as China was too weak and poor at that time. If a despot like Mao Zedong emerges when China has surpassed the US in military strength, world people will suffer the misery experienced by Chinese people in Mao era. China surpassing the US in GDP is not something to worry about as China has the heavy burden to satisfy its huge population, but China surpassing the US in military strength will be world people’s greatest concern if China remains an autocracy. US people are of much better quality than Chinese people. What they lack is a wise leader to adopt the correct strategy and diplomacy and the creative ways to use its resources in developing its military capabilities. I hope that with the emergence of a great leader, the US can put an end to its decline and remain number one in the world. China, US, space era strategy, air-sea battle, space-air bomber, arms race, weapon development, chan kai yee

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