Military Purge Related to Xi’s Belief in Prophecies, Says Analyst

Military Purge Related to Xi’s Belief in Prophecies, Says Analyst
Chinese President Xi Jinping drives in a car after inspecting the troops during a parade to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on Oct. 1, 2019. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s unusual military purge is connected to a prophecy, according to an authoritative source.

Earlier this summer, Mr. Xi reshuffled the People's Liberation Army Rocket Force, a military unit that operates the country’s nuclear and missile forces.

Just last week, insiders revealed that China’s Defense Minister Li Shangfu is currently being investigated for corruption related to military equipment procurement, after disappearing from the public eye for more than two weeks.

According to an authoritative source familiar with the inner workings of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), the main reason for Li Shangfu’s downfall is that Mr. Xi is a firm believer in prophecies, and he has people with supernatural talents around him who analyze ancient Chinese prophecies for him.

They deduced from the Pushback Diagram, a famous prophecy from the 7th-century Tang dynasty, that Mr. Xi is destined to be assassinated by a soldier carrying a bow, as described in the 46th Image of the Pushback Diagram.

According to the source, Mr. Xi believes in prophecy and is very afraid of death. He believes that “soldier” and “bow” correspond to the launching of missiles, rockets, or satellites, which is why Xi is wary of the military leaders who are in charge of these operations. In order to avoid this disaster, he has arrested the top brass of the Rocket Force, and he has even begun to suspect the top ranks of CCP officials who have “bow” as a radical in their names, such as Chinese Premier Li Qiang. The Chinese character Qiang is composed of two radicals, “bow” (as a noun) and “although” (as a conjunction).

The Prophecy

Created by astronomer-astrologer Li Chunfeng, the Pushback Diagram is one of the most prominent Chinese prophecies that, in retrospect, accurately predicted many historical events.

In the 46th image of the Pushback Diagram, the accompanying ode reads: “There was a soldier with a bow, and he only said that I was a white-headed bulbul. Golden sword(s) lying in ambush in the east door, and the warrior entered the imperial palace through the back door.”

The last two sentences apparently refer to an assassin or a coup that is aimed at overthrowing a state leader, as it described a soldier entering the imperial palace through the back door.

The Chinese character of Mr. Xi’s family name is composed of two parts, meaning “feather” and “white,” respectively. The mention of “white-headed bulbul,”  a kind of bird also known as Chinese bulbul, could well be a word game to hint Mr. Xi’s surname. In that case, this ode is talking about a “palace coup” targeting Mr. Xi.

The bow and arrow were the ancient Chinese weapon for long-range strikes, while the modern weapon for long-range strikes is the missile, while Rocket Force is precisely a combination of the CCP’s nuclear and conventional missile forces.

Xi Jinping Believes in Supernatural Powers

Although Xi claims to believe in Marxist-Leninist theories and atheism, he is interested in Buddhist martial arts, qigong, and mystical powers.
In 1982, Mr. Xi, then 29 years old, went to Zhengding County, Hebei Province, to serve as the county’s deputy party boss. He was a frequent visitor to Linji Temple and became friends with Master Youming, a monk at the temple. When Master Youming faced difficulties raising funds to rebuild the temple, Mr. Xi helped clear government hurdles.

In 1983, Mr. Xi approved the reopening of Linji Temple to the public. He also supported the appointment of Master Youming as abbot. Even after taking new posts in other places, Mr. Xi went back to Zhengding County to visit Master Youming from time to time.

According to U.S. diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks, a close friend of Mr. Xi identified as a “professor” said that Xi Jinping “displayed a fascination with Buddhist martial arts, qigong, and other mystical powers said to aid health, as well as with Buddhist sacred sites such as Wutaishan.”

The professor said he was surprised by how much Mr. Xi knew about the subject and his belief in supernatural phenomena.

Mr. Xi’s fascination with Buddhism and interest in the supernatural may come from his father, Xi Zhongxun.

Xi Zhongxun once ordered the restoration of the remains of Huineng, the sixth patriarch of Zen Buddhism, that were destroyed during the Cultural Revolution.
He also has a close relationship with the Dalai Lama. In 1954, the Dalai Lama went to Beijing from Tibet for half a year to study Chinese language and Marxism-Leninism, and had a good relationship with Xi Zhongxun. In 1959, the Dalai Lama fled to India and was denounced by Beijing as the culprit who instigated the Tibetan independence movement. But until 1980, Xi Zhongxun still wore and displayed the famous watch given to him by the Dalai Lama without reservation.
Xi Zhongxun also actively supported the Chinese Qigong movement. On Nov. 16, 1989, the founding conference of the World Medical Qigong Society was held in Beijing, with Xi Zhongxun serving as the honorary chairman

Xi Jinping’s wife, Peng Liyuan, was also revealed to be a Buddhist. Rumors circulated in China that she had become a disciple of a revered Tibetan Buddhist master.

According to Lin Zhongbin, a retired professor at Tamkang University and National Sun Yat-sen University in Taiwan, the Dalai Lama personally told him in 2011 that Ms. Peng “no longer denies that she is a Buddhist.”

Belief in Divine ‘Something Inherent to Human Nature’

Speaking to The Epoch Times on Sept. 12, current affairs commentator Nathan Su said that belief in God is something that is common to all human beings, even if one subscribes to atheism.

"Atheism cannot explain many things that exist in the universe and many phenomena that happen around us every day," he said. "Therefore, even if one is an atheist, in many cases, in the face of countless uncertainties, one still has to believe in something supernatural, and this is not surprising."

Mr. Su said that throughout history, many atheists have had this in common.

“Karl Marx claimed that he was an atheist. But Marx believed in Satanism. Satanism is a cult, but it is not an atheist notion,” he said.

In October 1835, after enrolling at the University of Bonn, Marx became a Satan worshipper who regularly participated in occult practices.

In one of his poems, he wrote: "Thus Heaven I've forfeited, I know it full well. My soul, once true to God, Is chosen for Hell.”
Jenny Li has contributed to The Epoch Times since 2010. She has reported on Chinese politics, economics, human rights issues, and U.S.-China relations. She has extensively interviewed Chinese scholars, economists, lawyers, and rights activists in China and overseas.