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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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11:15 p.m. EST Monday — Did you cry today?

Chinese security patrol a park beside the Great Hall of the People, which is the site of the Communist Party Congress, in Beijing on Nov. 12. People seem not to be welcome in this park. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

Chinese security patrol a park beside the Great Hall of the People, which is the site of the Communist Party Congress, in Beijing on Nov. 12. People seem not to be welcome in this park. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

On Nov. 10, Ju Xiaoli, a migrant worker representative, participated in the 18th Communist Party Congress in Beijing. After hearing the report by Hu Jintao, he was so deeply moved that he wrote a poem “New Found Hope” and emotionally read it during small group discussions. After reading only two sentences, he couldn’t control his tears according to a Caijing Online report.

A Beijing netizen wrote, “Does everyone still remember the North Korean female TV host who cried on camera after the death of Kim Jong-il? We are now one step closer to the North Korean people.”

Chinese netizens now have a new popular phrase for mocking: “Did you cry today?”

 

 

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Tourists are frisked at a security checkpoint at the entrance to Tiananmen Square in Beijing on Nov. 9. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

Tourists are frisked at a security checkpoint at the entrance to Tiananmen Square in Beijing on Nov. 9. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

7:00 p.m. EST Monday — A park beside the Great Hall of the People

An article in The Financial Times talks about China’s ever greater expectations:

“The paranoia of the Communist party extends to ping-pong balls, balloons, carrier pigeons, fruit knives and computer batteries, all of which are banned as potential tools of sedition during the party’s week-long 18th national congress …”

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11:30 a.m. EST Monday — Security Goes Overboard in Beijing

According to an Radio France International (RFI) dispatch, security in Beijing has continued to be overbearing. “Every bus that travels past Tiananmen Square has at least one police officer in it, and an assistant. There are also security personnel at the front and back of each bus.” That’s up to four cops per vehicle. “All the windows are closed,” the note says. Welcome to Beijing. 

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A delegate from China's Tibet Autonomous Region looks on during a press conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Nov. 9. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

A delegate from China's Tibet Autonomous Region looks on during a press conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Nov. 9. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

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5:30 a.m. EST Monday — Chinese Human Rights Defender Cao Shunli Arrested

Beijing activist Cao Shunli was seized by police at the State Council Information Office on the second day of the 18th National People’s Congress of the Communist Party of China for requesting public disclosure of China’s “National Human Rights Action Plan.”

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8:30 p.m. EST Sunday  — There have been questions about the Tibetan delegation at the 18th National Party Congress.

Xu Jingbo, the president of Japan-based Asia News Agency, said the 25-year-old woman “feeds police dogs” at police station in a Tibetan area and suggested that the police force she works for is involved in the repression of Tibetans. The fact that she feeds police dogs implies that she might not really be a true representative of the Tibetan people in China.

Chinese former premier Li Peng attends the opening session of the18th Communist Party Congress held at the Great Hall of the People on Nov. 8, 2012 in Beijing. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Chinese former premier Li Peng attends the opening session of the18th Communist Party Congress held at the Great Hall of the People on Nov. 8, 2012 in Beijing. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

A Tibetan, who was not named due to security concerns, in China told The Epoch Times that they knew nothing of the delegate, before their connection was abruptly cut off during an interview.

Kelsang, a representative for several Tibetans who were exiled and did not give his full name, questioned the legitimacy of the representatives at the Party Congress.

“How did these representatives come to be? How were they selected? Such actions have to be unrelated to the Tibetan people. The Chinese Communist Party selected these representatives in line with their own desires and with no consideration for the Tibetan people’s wishes,” said Kelsang.

In recent months, the number of Tibetan self-immolations has dramatically increased. Over the weekend, another Tibetan set themselves on fire, bringing the number to 70, reported Radio Free Asia.

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8:00 p.m. EST Sunday — Ex-Premier Li Peng’s Family Caught Moving Assets Overseas

Apparently fearing that the political winds were shifting with the 18th Party Congress, members of former premier Li Peng’s family tried to shift money abroad recently, according to Pan Chinese online, a dissident website outside China.

The children of Li Peng, dubbed the “Butcher of Beijing” for his involvement in the massacre of students in 1989, were trying to escape China to another country, the report said.

They first wanted to move their money out, to Singapore and Australia, the report said. But they were found out by authorities.

A security volunteer (R) keeps watch near the Great Hall of the People, which is the site of the Party Congress in Beijing, on Nov. 10. The Chinese Communist Party's paranoia is on full display for its congress in Beijing in a security squeeze extending from police swarming Tiananmen Square to elderly sentinels watching street corners. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

A security volunteer (R) keeps watch near the Great Hall of the People, which is the site of the Party Congress in Beijing, on Nov. 10. The Chinese Communist Party's paranoia is on full display for its congress in Beijing in a security squeeze extending from police swarming Tiananmen Square to elderly sentinels watching street corners. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

The insider told the website that they are seeking to leave China because The New York Times reported on Premier Wen Jiabao’s family’s alleged amassed wealth, making them feel worried for their own safety. They felt further unease over the current political situation in the 18th National Party Congress that will usher in a leadership change in the top echelons of the Communist Party.

Li Peng’s two sons, Li Xiaopeng and Li Xiaoyong, and daughter Li Xiallin, were trying to move their wealth, the report said.

They were discovered by the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Center (AUSTRAC), an Australian government agency that monitors money laundering and other financial misdeeds, the article said. AUSTRAC then told Chinese authorities.

The agency has a policy of not commenting on individual cases, or confirming or denying whether an individual is under investigation.

In recent years, the Chinese regime has made it paramount to crack down on so-called “naked officials,” who have assets in other countries, and family members living and working overseas.

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4:30 p.m. EST Sunday — Details Emerge About Jiang at Opening Ceremony

A source told New Epoch Weekly, a sister publication of The Epoch Times with deep contacts in China, that Jiang Zemin is suffering Alzheimer’s disease, and regularly needs medical attention. 

Thus, according to New Epoch Weekly’s source, the reason Hu Jintao only spoke for over an hour (rather than, for example, the two and a half he spoke at the 17th Congress), at the open ceremony of the Congress on Nov. 8, delivering an excerpt of his political report, is because Jiang needed rest and medical care.

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6:00 a.m. EST Sunday — Maintaining Stability in Beijing

Journalists rest during the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China at the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing on Nov. 9, 2012. (Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images)

Journalists rest during the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China at the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing on Nov. 9, 2012. (Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images)

Did you see this article in the Financial Review `Volunteers’ roped into Beijing crackdown?

The Chinese Communist Party’s paranoia is on full display for its congress in Beijing in a security squeeze extending from police swarming Tiananmen Square to elderly sentinels watching street corners.

The capital has 1.4 million “public order volunteers” -- retirees, street cleaners, firemen and low-paid private security guards -- on the lookout for anything that could upset the sensitive gathering, even in the quietest residential neighbourhoods.

But despite their patriotic armbands, many grumble about being roped in as foot soldiers for China’s massive police state.

“Volunteer? They made me volunteer,” said Zhang Weilin, 25, a security guard at a central Beijing shopping mall who wore a camouflage jacket bearing a “US Army Airborne” patch and that was a size or two too large.

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5:30 a.m. EST Sunday — Before Party Congress, Crackdown on Falun Gong in Full Force

Tian Xiaoping, a 51-year-old Falun Gong practitioner, was sent to prison for 14 years this May. Police caught her in November last year after she and a number of others visited the family home of another practitioner who had been killed. Her sentence is one of the harshest in the 13-year-long campaign against the practice, and was part of a ratcheting up of the campaign against Falun Gong this year as the Communist Party planned for its 18th Congress.

Jiang Tianyong, a Chinese human rights lawyer, thought the case remarkable. “Lately the persecution of Falun Gong has been getting more severe,” he wrote on Twitter in August.

“After the Beidaihe meeting,” he said, referring to a secret Communist Party gathering at the seaside that takes place late in the summer, “there were a huge number of criminal cases, with serious sentences.” He listed 10-, 11-, 13-, and 14-year sentences handed down to practitioners of the meditation discipline. “It’s extremely crazy.”

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