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New York Times reported details of Wang Lijun’s 36-hour stay in the U.S. consulate
The defect to the U.S. consulate by the head of Chongqing
Public Security Bureau, Wang Lijun, has involved the U.S.
in China’s political turmoil, which is a very sensitive
and controversial topic.
Although the White House has been unusually silent
on the event,
U.S. officials finally began revealing pieces of the inside story
via media, including what took place during
Wang’s 36-hour visit to the U.S. consulate in Chengdu,
as well as the reactions of Washington and Beijing.
What’s the message behind such a change?
Let’s hear from the political commentators.
Recently, the former Chongqing CCP secretary, Bo Xilai,
has frequently appeared in headlines of major newspapers
both in China and globally.
Bo Xilai’s event was triggered by Wang Lijun’s defect
to the U.S. consulate in Chengdu.
On April 17th, the New York Times cited U.S. officials who said
that Wang Lijun was in an agitated state when he arrived at the U.S. consulate.
The report stated that Wang’s speech was not quite coherant,
but still provided some important insights.
He was very worried about the safety of his life and applied
for political asylum with the U.S. government.
The report further revealed that, Wang Lijun told a story full
of corruption and murder,
and documents contained detailed evidence of
Bo Xilai and his wife Gu Kailai’s crimes.
He also leaked pieces of sensational information regarding
the top-level power struggle inside the CCP.
However, the report stated that Wang didn’t turn
those materials over to U.S. officials.
Political commentator Xia Xiaoqiang says: ”The reason
Wang Lijun fled to the U.S. consulate was to protect his life.
The evidence must have been with him, otherwise he would
have had nothing to exchange for political asylum.
It was impossible for him to make only oral statements.
At the very least, the consulate must have copied
the materials Wang brought with him.
It’s also highly possible that his conversations were
recorded in full.
It’s such an important event involving top insider secrets
the CCP, there’s no way the U.S. government didn’t pay serious attention to his words.”
Xia Xiaoqiang believed that the New York Times report
played a game with words by telling the world that
the U.S. government doesn’t have Wang Lijun’s materials
In the same report, U.S. officials said that Wang Lijun
was rambling when he first arrived, but he later managed
to help the consulate officials understand the complexity
of the CCP’s politics involving corruption and power struggle.
The report also mentioned that the CCP authority arrested
Wang in order to investigate
how much of the CCP’s internal affairs he discussed
with the U.S. government.
he might be sentenced to death if convicted of treason.
Political commentator Xia Xiaoqiang: ”When Xi Jinping visited
the United States, the U.S. released a message saying Zhou Yongkang was planning a coup.
Now their report states that Wang Lijun didn’t provide them
with any materials.
If the U.S. doesn’t have any written or audio records, how
were they able to release the aforementioned message?
So in my opinion there’s no way Wang Lijun will be executed.
But this report can possibly change the fate of Falun Gong
persecution in the CCP’s power struggle,
which is what they are most afraid will be revealed
with detailed evidence.”
Wang Lijun and Bo Xilai were both believed to be involved
in massive live organ harvest of Falun Gong practitioners and organ sales.
On April 19th, the Wall Street Journal’s Chinese website
there were critics of the decision to deny Wang Lijun’s
political asylum inside the U.S. Congress.
The critics said that the U.S. should have accepted Wang
because he could become a precious intelligence source,
such as providing the cause of Heywood’s death or helping
the U.S. understand the CCP’s internal operations better.
It is said that the information in the New York Times report
was provided by anonymous U.S. officials, Congress assistants and diplomats.
Xia Xiaoqiang suspects that either the New York Times
received a fake inside message from Jiang Zemin’s faction,
or that internal transactions are behind the report.