A Beijing insider told a media partner to The Epoch Times on Sept. 20 that Hu Jintao was surprised or shocked by the recent violent anti-Japanese demonstrations, and that Beijing may be mounting an investigation about the matter.
“Hu holds that the demonstrations caused by the Senkaku Islands dispute have been exploited to stir up internal unrest,” the insider told New Epoch Weekly, a magazine that is a partner to The Epoch Times.
On Sept. 18, the 81st anniversary of the “Mukden Incident,” which Japan used as an excuse to invade China in 1931, Chinese from nearly 100 cities paraded the streets, carrying the same Mao Zedong portraits and banners with slogans whose language and tone is redolent of the Cultural Revolution.
Banners with the slogans “Senkaku Islands belong to China, and Bo Xilai belongs to the people” were used in some cities.
In other places fires were lit, car dealerships burnt down, restaurants destroyed, and Japanese stores looted.
Netizens identified a number of the protest leaders as Party officials or police, raising concerns that the protests in some cases were not spontaneous, but organized with a purpose.
“Whether the politics and law system is implicated in the string of violence is being investigated, but it seems Beijing authorities have obtained some evidence,” the insider told New Epoch Weekly.
Zhou Yongkang, the head of the Political and Legislative Committee, which oversees what the insider referred to as the “politics and law system,” is thought to have been involved in organizing the protests from behind the scenes, the insider said.
“If it is true, the consensus in the CCP that Zhou Yongkang will step down smoothly will be changed,” the individual said, meaning that Zhou could face some form of discipline depending on the outcome of the investigation.
Another well informed source in Beijing told New Epoch Weekly that in the early stages of the Senkaku Islands conflict, many CCP military generals took a tough attitude on the matter, but later kept quiet after Xi Jinping asked them not to inflame tensions.
The second source added that after the 18th National Congress, a number of princelings, or sons of communist revolutionary figures, will join the Central Military Commission and take orders from Xi. Xi is ensuring that he is able to effectively conduct foreign policy with the United States and Japan, two key international relationships for China.
Editor’s Note: When Chongqing’s former top cop, Wang Lijun, fled for his life to the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu on Feb. 6, he set in motion a political storm that has not subsided. The battle behind the scenes turns on what stance officials take toward the persecution of Falun Gong. The faction with bloody hands—the officials former CCP head Jiang Zemin promoted in order to carry out the persecution—is seeking to avoid accountability for their crimes and to continue the campaign. Other officials are refusing to participate in the persecution any longer. Events present a clear choice to the officials and citizens of China, as well as people around the world: either support or oppose the persecution of Falun Gong. History will record the choice each person makes.
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