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U.S. media: the biggest espionage case of Communist China in 20 years relating with Zhou and Bo
Hong Kong media has revealed one of the biggest spy cases
in recent years, involving over 350 government officials in the CCP Ministry of State Security.
According to media reports, this spy case
is related to the Bo Xilai case.
Zhou Yongkang who takes charge of CCP
security is facing lots of pressure.
Commentators say that this case severely weakens Zhou.
Hu and Wen want to take advantage of this case to reform
the Ministry of State Security.
They want to make a foundation
to sentence Zhou Yongkang openly.
Hong Kong Magazine Xinwei Monthly reported on May 25,
that a deputy assistant secretary of the Ministry of State
Security, who collects information of CCP overseas
activities for the US was arrested earlier this year.
This deputy assistant secretary was suspended,
and 350 government officials were involved.
This is the biggest spy case since
the Yu Qiangsheng case in 1986.
The CCP’s highest level officials are very upset
about this. They have asked for a thorough investigation.
Recently, Reuters, The New York Times, and the BBC, as well
as other large overseas media have reported on this news.
According to BBC commentary, before this case,
Chongqing Public Security Bureau Chief Wang Lijun,
and rights lawyer Chen Guangcheng went
to the U.S. Embassy one after another.
This reflects the inefficiency of the CCP security system.
However, the CCP spends more money on inner security
than it does on military expense.
The New York Times reported that it’s unbelievable that
the deputy assistant secretary is involved.
This position takes charge of the most sensitive
information about the CCP.
Internet writer Wu Jianguo: “This implies that many CCP
officials and staff have lost confidence in the CCP regime.
They know this regime is going to breakdown anytime.
Thus they want to seek refuge in the U.S.,
not only to make interests, but also to survive.
For example Wang Lijun; he sought refuge
with the U.S. embassy with confidential information.
This was not for profit, but for survival.”
Politic professor Xia Ming from City College
of New York analyzes it from another angle.
He comments that from the Bo and Wang case to the recent
spy case, western media have focused a lot of attention.
This shows that western society is worried
about an unstable political environment in China
that influences their investigation environment.
Xia Ming: “On one hand, The New York Time’s
story expresses anxiety.
On the other hand, western investigators start
to change their attitudes to China.
This case gives western investigators an alarm that they
have to re-evaluate the Chinese investigation environment.”
The New York Times also says that this spy case
is related to the Bo Xilai case.
The story quoted an anonymous U.S. senior official’s words.
After the former party secretary Bo Xilai’s case broke out,
the Beijing authorities arrested a CCP national security official to investigate.
The case was authorized by high-level government officials.
The investigation is extended to the Ministry of State Security.
This spy case may put a lot of pressure on the Politburo
Standing Committee’s Zhou Yongkang, who manages national security issues.
Commentator Zhang Sutian says that the Politics and Law
Committee Secretary Zhou Yongkang has controlled this national security spy system.
He has played an important
role in the CCP faction fighting.
Zhang Sutian: “This spy case happened earlier this year.
Bringing it up again has a big impact on Zhou Yongkang.
350 government officials are involved.
Hu and Wen seem to have taken this opportunity
to clean out their opponents in the Ministry of State Security.
This is to get rid of Zhou Yongkang’s people, and to make
foundations for dealing with Zhou Yongkang publicly.”
The Financial Times reported that Zhou Yongkang
lost his power already.
His rights are also thoroughly taken away.
Recently, Zhou’s supporter Liu Zhijun and Luo Lin were dismissed.
Wu Jianguo says that this spy case is a big issue.
Hu and Wen have sufficient reason to punish Zhou
and reform the Politics and Law Committee.