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China’s Leadership Change: The Ongoing Discussion


Epoch Times Staff
Created: November 8, 2012 Last Updated: November 26, 2012
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11:45 p.m. EST Tuesday — Mother Jailed to Ensure ‘Stable’ Transition in China

Military delegates arrive at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Nov. 14, 2012. The next generation of the Party's leaders will be officially nominated today. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

Military delegates arrive at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Nov. 14, 2012. The next generation of the Party's leaders will be officially nominated today. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

Cui Aimin had just dropped her daughter off at school when Chinese security forces arrested her, ransacked her home, confiscated the family computer, and threw her into a detention center in her hometown of Jinan, the capital of Shandong Province.

The upheaval was carried out in the name of “maintaining stability” in China before the 18th Party Congress, an event that has taken place this week as a new generation of Communist Party rulers is unveiled.

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10:30 p.m. EST Tuesday — Beijing Petitioner Calls the CCP ‘A rogue government’

Beijing petitioner Wu Tianli called the CCP “a rogue government.” 

“There are more than 20 people and at least two cars in front of my house,” Wu said. “I cannot go out, even to see a doctor. We are facing an unprecedented rogue government that brutally represses the people in the name of the 18th Party Congress.” 

During the 18th Party Congress, the State Bureau for Letters and Calls, where petitioners have the legal right to appeal state wrongdoing, has been heavily guarded. Police cars from various provinces and cities as well as plainclothes officers are everywhere monitoring the surroundings and bus stops. Each province has its officers stationed in Beijing to watch and take into custody petitioners who may happen along. The State Bureau for Letters and Calls is currently characterized by zero petitioners, a rare scene.

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9:40 p.m. EST Tuesday — Wednesday in Beijing

The official news center for the 18th Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Congress announced that over 300 CCP Central Committee members and alternate members will be selected on Nov. 14. These new CCP Central Committee members and alternate members will then elect the new Political Bureau Standing Committee, which would be announced around 11:00 a.m. on Thursday Nov. 15.

Now it is Wednesday Nov. 14 10:40 a.m. Beijing time.

The presumptive next head of the Chinese Communist Party, Xi Jinping, attends the opening session of the 18th Party Congress on Nov. 8, in Beijing, China. Xi's new role is expected to be made official on Nov. 15. (Feng Li/Getty Images)

The presumptive next head of the Chinese Communist Party, Xi Jinping, attends the opening session of the 18th Party Congress on Nov. 8, in Beijing, China. Xi's new role is expected to be made official on Nov. 15. (Feng Li/Getty Images)

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9:00 p.m. EST Tuesday — Party Congress Like the Captain of the ‘Titanic’

The outlook was bad from the first day. The elders walked into the congress with their heads held high, showing that they have won this contest. The political report showed the direction that the new leader set: Can’t walk the old leftest way of Mao Zedong, but also can’t walk the “evil” way of democracy. Must make small adjustments while safe-guarding the one party rule system. In another words, the “Titanic” must continue on the disastrous and hopeless course crashing into the iceberg.

—Wei Jingsheng, a Chinese human rights activist known for his involvement in the Chinese democracy movement.

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8:30 p.m. EST Tuesday — Marketization of Power

He Qinglian writes

“Through messages circulating on Weibo, China’s twitter-like platform, the Chinese people came to realize a cruel reality about the elections in the two countries: the United States is more like the socialism that China claims to be, while China features crony capitalism.

In the United States, rich peoples’ wealth is mainly attributed to personal capabilities. Bill Gates is a successful player in the computer industry. Internationally renowned investor George Soros is a Hungarian immigrant. Michael Bloomberg, the New York City mayor who accepts a symbolic salary of one dollar per year, had already built a media empire before he assumed the office of mayor. Their stories demonstrate the advantages of the U.S. social system.

In China, however, wealth is closely tied to power behind the scenes, and political power has been a magic wand that creates wealthy tycoons.”

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8:00 p.m. EST Tuesday — Reluctant Leader About to Take China’s Stage

Liang Wengeng holding Chinese Yuan under his arms with Sany Group company as background. It is a mocking photo made up by Chinese netizen. (Weibo.com)

Liang Wengeng holding Chinese Yuan under his arms with Sany Group company as background. It is a mocking photo made up by Chinese netizen. (Weibo.com)

Xi was a compromise candidate agreeable to both the faction of former Party head Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao, the current head of the Party. The two sides have been locked in a power struggle throughout Hu’s 10-year tenure, with the struggle escalating greatly since former Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun attempted to defect at a U.S. Consulate in February.

Wang revealed a plot by his boss, Bo Xilai, who was the standard bearer for Jiang’s faction, and others to oust Xi Jinping from power after the Party Congress. The Party has since been dominated by attempts by Jiang’s faction to disrupt the transfer of power to Xi, by Hu Jintao to weaken Jiang’s faction, and by the question of Bo Xilai’s fate.

In September, Xi disappeared for nearly two weeks. This, according to a well-placed source, was due to a deep reluctance to take the reins. His withdrawal caused consternation among Party leaders, as there was no one else acceptable to both sides.

A deal was made: Xi would continue as regime leader; the Nov. 8 date was set for convening the Party conference; Bo Xilai’s political career was agreed to be over; and the Party would begin to “systematically eliminate the residual influences of the Great Cultural Revolution and gradually discard Mao Zedong Thought, Marxism-Leninism, and so on,” according to the source.

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5:00 a.m. EST Tuesday — China’s Second-Richest Man Rants at 18th Party Congress

Li Keqiang attends the opening of the Chinese Communist Party's 18th National Congress on Nov. 8. Li is expected to be announced as premier of China by the end of the week. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Li Keqiang attends the opening of the Chinese Communist Party's 18th National Congress on Nov. 8. Li is expected to be announced as premier of China by the end of the week. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Liang Wengen, president of Sany Group and member of the Communist Party inner circle, declared his devotion to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in odd comments during the 18th National Party Congress in Beijing. 

Netizens mocked the billionaire. His company announced it would sue U.S. President Barack Obama after he blocked Sany from owning a wind farm near a Navy base in Oregon. It was the first executive order of its kind in 22 years, Forbes reported.

On the holiday of Bachelor’s Day celebrated on Nov. 11, Liang said Party membership attracts the ladies: “In China, if a young man is a Communist Party member, it’s easier for him to find a girlfriend. Most wives of Party members are more beautiful than the ones of non-Party members. Chinese girls love Party members a lot too,” reported Caixin, a financial magazine. 

“At this very moment, you may understand why Obama limited Sany’s investment in the USA, ” a Chinese netizen wrote. 

Liang rather feverishly said, “If I was going to be born 1000 times, it would be in China. If I was going to die 1000 times, it would be in China,” according to Sina. 

He said that all his life and wealth belongs to the Party, according to China Daily.  

Jing Manlou, a Chinese writer, interpreted that as a kind of admission of guilt:
“If someone ‘loves China’ and is devoted to the Party with all he has, he must have done something disgraceful underground.”

Jing wrote that he regards the offer of dying for the party or giving it all his possessions as pure theatrics, still indicating a guilty secret. 

“When Liang said he would like to devote everything to the Party and die 1000 times for the Party, he verified what I am saying [about his guilt]. He is neither stupid nor insane,” Jing wrote. “Actually he is very clear that the Party is not going to take his money or his life since what he has is simply nothing compared to what the Party has.” 

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5:00 a.m. EST Tuesday — A Look at China’s Likely New Premier

The CCTV reporter in Dubai holding Dubai's local newspaper with the article "China warned about internal corruption." (Weibo.com)

The CCTV reporter in Dubai holding Dubai's local newspaper with the article "China warned about internal corruption." (Weibo.com)

Hu Jintao is said to have favored Li Keqiang to succeed him as paramount leader, but accepted Xi Jinping as a compromise with the faction headed by former Party head Jiang Zemin, who objected to Li.

Li is described by Taiwanese and Hong Kong’s media as a very low-key person, modest, and reserved.

Li was famous for doing his homework before going out on location inspections, according to the article, and he often asked local officials to show him the real data when they bragged about their performances.

A diplomatic cable leaked by WikiLeaks in 2011 said that when Li was the head of Liaoning Province in 2007, in a private talk with U.S. Ambassador Clark T. Randt, he described China’s GDP as “man-made,” “unreliable,” and “for reference only.”

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1:00 a.m. EST Tuesday — Dubai’s Public Opinion Aired on CCTV

Ju Xiaolin crying when reading his poem for the party and the congress; "It has been found, it has been found, the new expectations of my heart ... , " he said. (Weibo.com)

Ju Xiaolin crying when reading his poem for the party and the congress; "It has been found, it has been found, the new expectations of my heart … , " he said. (Weibo.com)

CCTV’s live program connected with its Middle Eastern reporter, Feng, asking her to comment on the local public opinion in Dubai regarding the 18th Communist Party Congress in Beijing.

Feng held up Dubai’s newspaper The National, showing the “most commented on” front page article with the headline “China warned about internal corruption,” on screen to the CCTV audience.

This program was soon cut off for technical reasons according to a Nov. 11 report in the Apple Daily last Sunday.





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