Chinese Military Identifies ‘Hostile Forces’ for ‘Attack and Removal’

May 5, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
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China’s Central Military Commission, the Communist Party organ that controls the armed forced, has blacklisted thousands of domestic and international “hostile,” “anti-China,” and anticommunist organizations and individuals and set forth strategies on how to deal with them at a recent meeting. 

Attending the four-day meeting at the Central Military Commission’s Yuquan Hill military camp in Beijing late March were leaders from central government ministries, the Political and Legislative Affairs Committee (PLAC), the Ministry of Public Security, the Ministry of State Security, and the Stability Preservation Office.

Top Chinese leaders, including Hu Jintao, Wen Jiabao, Xi Jingping, Li Keqiang, and Wu Bangguo, also paid their visits.

Countermeasures against domestic and international organizations identified as hostile, anti-China, and anticommunist, was the topic of discussion, according to a report recapping the meeting by Hong Kong’s Trend magazine

As of the end of February 2012, 422 domestic and international organizations and 5,772 domestic and overseas individuals were compiled in a blacklist consisting of three categories.


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Mention was also made of an additional group of over 1,560 “illegal political organizations,” which have organized in China since 2003. More than 330 of them were said to be active in the upper political hierarchy, including the inner circle of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the Communist Youth League and within regional institutions and state-owned enterprises. 

‘Hostile Forces’ 

Of the three categories blacklisted, the first was labeled “hostile forces,” which must be “attacked and removed.”

These groups and individuals are to be directly managed by the PLAC and the Security Department of the PLA’s General Staff Headquarters, which in turn report to the CCP’s Politburo, the State Council, and the Central Military Commission. 

The second blacklist category also contains “hostile forces,” but in addition to the attack strategy, a strategy of “division and unified front” is recommended; only a small number of targets are to be attacked. “United front” is a communist term that extends back to the Chinese civil war, and refers to infiltrating the target organization and bringing its goals in line with that of the Communist Party.

This category is to be managed by the Ministry of Public Security, the Ministry of State Security, and the Stability Preservation Office; and they are to report to the PLAC.

The third blacklist category contains groups and individuals that are to be dealt with through a strategy of “opposing, differentiating, and converting.” But force should also be used if this group crosses a certain line, the meeting said.

This third group is to be managed by provincial PLAC offices, the Public Security Bureau, the State Security Bureau, and the Stability Preservation Office. They report to provincial CCP heads, the Ministry of Public Security, the Ministry of State Security, and the Stability Preservation Office.

The article did not name any of the individuals or groups on the black list.

Read the original Chinese article.

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