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)
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