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Former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin returns to Beijing in challenge to President Xi Jinping

Former president Jiang Zemin and family members visit Dongshan Ridge in Hainan.

Former president Jiang Zemin and family members visit Dongshan Ridge in Hainan.

I have pointed out in my book Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements (Expanded 2nd Edition) that there are three black boxes in China: The CCP Politburo Standing Committee (PSC), the group of powerful elders who control China behind the scene and the secret police.

I described how Xi Jinping obtained the powerful elders’ support for his cyclone to fight rampant corruption, official despotism, extravagance, bureaucratism and hedonism in early September, during his mysterious absence (refer to Chapter 15 The Mystery of Xi Jinping’s Absence in September, 2012—Xi’s Inaction before and Xi Cyclone after His Absence of my book).

Now, as Xi’s anti-corruption storm and mass line campaign have offended many powerful officials, Jiang Zemin has had to leave his mansion of retirement in Shanghai to stay in Beijing, and provide the most powerful support of the group of elders.

Those who are ignorant of China’s political system of the CCP Dynasty, with a core of leadership like an emperor, remain naive in their comments on Jiang’s recent appearance in Hainan.

In its report on Jiang’s appearance in Hainan, SCMP quotes Hong Kong-based political observer Johnny Lau Yui-siu as saying, “Jiang wants to warn President Xi Jinping – who has brought down several Jiang proteges including former security chief Zhou Yongkang amid his ongoing anti-graft campaign – don’t target my sons and grandchildren while I am still alive. We can see the praying tour was accompanied by the Hainan party head, which indicated some local officials still look up to him, as he still has political influence.”

Obviously Mr. Lau is entirely ignorant of the fact that Jiang remains the core that has the same power as an emperor, and due to his mastery of the art for being an emperor, he has made satisfactory arrangement for succession so that like Deng his relatives will be protected by his successor after he dies.

If Jiang had not created bondage with his successor like the bondage Deng has created with Jiang, it is no use that Jiang shows his influence now when he is alive. When his successor has established a sound power base after Jiang’s death and wants to punish Jiang’s relatives, nobody can help them.

Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty was a powerful emperor ruling China firmly for more than 60 years. He was able to protect his favourite corrupt official He Shen even after his retirement, but soon after he died, his successor arrested, executed He and confiscated He’s enormous assets.

He Shen was closer to Qianlong even than Qianlong’s relatives, but Qianlong could not protect He after his death, even though he married his daughter to He’s son.

In fact, Jiang’s public appearance has a shocking impact on the powerful officials who want to retaliate due to Xi Jinping’s investigation and punishment of their corrupt crimes.

In spite of the threat of their retaliation, Xi continued his anti-corruption storm relentlessly. He challenged their threat with his public appearance in a meal at a popular fast-food restaurant as if saying, “Come to assassinate me. I am not afraid of assassination.”

In fact, people might understand the strength of the secret police in a communist country by Putin’s emergence as a Russian strongman.

Chinese secret police are not less powerful. Previously they brought down powerful conservative leader Bo Xilai by tricks to ensure Xi Jiping’s smooth succession. (Please refer to Chapter 18 The Third Black Box—The Mystery of Bo Xilai Falling into Disgrace). Now, they are secretly protecting Xi so that Xi is able to appear in public with a small entourage.

People should never underestimate the influence of the third black box in China.

Jiang’s words there revealed some important information but SCMP seems failing to attach importance to it. It quotes Jiang as saying, “”I will help you to promote it when I return to Beijing. The mountain will be crowded in the future”.

Hong Kong’s Singtao Daily noticed that Jiang’s words about his return to Beijing indicated that Beijing is perhaps Jiang’s permanent residence now. It gives the impression that Xi has asked Jiang to come out of retirement and help him deal with the many tricky issues Xi is facing.

Here I give a translation of Singtao’ report on Jiang’s words:

“Jiang said to Luo Baoming, the Hainan provincial Party secretary who accompanied him, ‘A famous spot with such nice scenery should be vigorously promoted by Hainan. Beijing should also vigorously promote it. When I return to Beijing, I will also promote it for you, then there will be a huge crowd here.’ Those words seem to hint that at present Jiang Zeming will stay in Beijing permanently.”

The following is the full text of the SCMP report:

Jiang Zemin family steps out in public

The robust former president leads his family on a hike at age of 88 in possible show of strength amid Xi Jinping’s anti-graft campaign, observers say

Former president Jiang Zemin has taken a walk with family members in Hainan province, photos posted online show, in an apparent demonstration of the retired leader’s health and continuing political influence, according to observers.

It was Jiang’s second high-profile public appearance in a month.

The photos were posted on the WeChat account of the Dongshan Ridge parkland in the southern province. They showed Jiang, with his wife Wang Yeping and two other generations of their family, on their way to a mountainside Buddhist temple. They were accompanied by Luo Baoming, the Communist Party’s provincial head, and several officials and bodyguards.

“It’s a pity [that people] do not come to visit such a famous mountain in Hainan,” Jiang, 88, was quoted by the WeChat message as saying. “It’s a worthwhile trip for Jiang Zemin.”

Jiang promised Luo he would help to promote the beauty of Dongshan, the message said. “Hainan [officials] should try to promote such a nice scenic spot,” as should leaders in Beijing.

“I will help you to promote it when I return to Beijing. The mountain will be crowded in the future,” Jiang was quoted as saying.

The pictures showed Jiang and his wife in apparent good spirits while hiking, although they needed some assistance to get up and down the mountain.

The details about the family’s tour in Hainan were deleted by yesterday afternoon, but the pictures and quotes were widely picked up by media websites at home and overseas.

Some internet users and political observers noted that Dongshan in Chinese means “staging a comeback”.

Hong Kong-based political observer Johnny Lau Yui-siu said the family’s praying tour, involving three generations, suggested the former president was making every effort to protect the interests of his two sons and grandsons.

“Jiang wants to warn President Xi Jinping – who has brought down several Jiang protégés including former security chief Zhou Yongkang amid his ongoing anti-graft campaign – don’t target my sons and grandchildren while I am still alive,” Lau said. “We can see the praying tour was accompanied by the Hainan party head, which indicated some local officials still look up to him as he still has political influence.”

On December 3 – just two days before the Communist Party’s anti-graft watchdog announced the dismissal and formal investigation into Zhou – state media reported Jiang, former vice-premier Li Lanqing and current vice-premier Liu Yandong had visited the National Museum in Beijing.

“Every time Jiang makes a public appearance it has a purpose, because he is such a typical old-style Chinese leader who is unwilling to give up power,” said Zhang Ming, a professor of political science at Renmin University.

Source: Chan Kai Yee Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements Expanded 2nd Edition
Source: Singtao Daily “Jiang Zeming at winter resort in Hainan, Climbing Dongshan mountain to Pray for Blessing” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)
Source: SCMP “Jiang Zemin family steps out in public”


About chankaiyee2

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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