採訪/朱智善 編輯/宋風 後製/孫寧
Xi Jinping’s Hard Choice: Political Line
What is the real path that Xi Jinping intends to take?
The new leader of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)
has been known for his southern tour in Guangdong, a signal of reform support.
Recently, Xi visited the Village Xibaipo in Hebei Province,
where he openly affirmed Mao Zedong.
What’s his policy? The question has been
heatedly speculated. Let’s take a look at the report.
Village Xibaipo was known to be the CCP’s last rural
revolutionary base before it came into power in China.
It was also the location of CCP’s headquarters for its
struggle for political power.
On 11th July, Xi Jinping visited Xibaipo, a representative
venue that has “deep political implications”.
Xi openly praised Mao Zedong’s talk given in Xibaipo,
which required the CCP cadres be modest, prudent and thrifty.
A netizen from China posts a comment about Xi’s speech.
It says that firstly, Xi didn’t mention on
the officials assets declaration go public;
Secondly, Xi didn’t cover equality before the law;
Thirdly, Xi didn’t talk about deliberate law violation
shall be found doubly guilty.
A Hong Kong netizen also commented on the news.
The post: You’re fully aware of what the people need.
It is no use to say anything if corrupt officials
are still alive.
Today, China is riddled with darkness,
a result of money and power overriding law.
So the people won’t live in peace without the
death of corrupt officials.
Anti-Political Persecution Alliance of China,
Chairman, Liu Yinquan believes that
Xi dares not to embrace democracy,
though he has realized the crises facing the CCP.
Thus, Xi acts in both ways, sometimes swaying
to the left, and sometimes to the right.
Liu Yinquan: “Xi Jinping faces some hard nuts to crack.
These include corruption, bureaucracy, and depravation.
So he is trying to carry out an ideological rectification
within the CCP.”
Xi Jinping’s recent talk differs from his remarks
during an earlier southern tour in Guangdong.
At the time, Xi pushed for reform and opening-up policy.
In his words, the reform and opening-up was
“the key that determines China’s destiny.”
Now Xi has been made aware of the crisis.
Right after assuming office in 2012,
he warned that corruption would ruin the CCP
and the People’s Republic of China.
This June, Xi warned again that losing public support
would ruin the CCP and the P.R. China.
Hong Kong’s political magazine, Outpost, revealed that
Xi recently proposed to abolish a CCP internal policy.
It refers to a ban on criminal investigation into
members of Politburo Standing Committee.
The ban has been implemented as of the 15th CCP Congress.
The Outpost reviewed that Xi might really want to
target “big tigers” for the sake of saving the CCP.
This would not be good news for Zhou Yongkang,
Jia Qinglin, and Zeng Qinghong, the article stated.
The three were all former Politburo
Standing Committee members.
Recently, Xi has recently acted more. He has stressed
the CCP’s leadership status and the regime’s security.
Furthermore, on 1st July, he sent 45 task groups
to supervise work nationwide.
The targets include ministerial departments,
centrally-administered state-owned enterprises
and financial institutions, and key universities.
This marked the formal opening of
the CCP ideological rectification campaign.
China’s freelancer, Zhu Xinxin, comments.
He says that decades of CCP rule has proven that
“one-party dictatorship" is a dead-end road.
Zhu Xinxin: “If the CCP doesn’t completely
discard its autocratic mode of thinking,
which was formed during Mao’s reign, it won’t be
reborn, but will only be abandoned by history.
If it insists on going along this road, it will finally
become a sinner, like Mao Zedong.”
According to Liu Yinquan, Mao’s talks will not play
a role in those corrupt CCP officials.
Their bullying and corruption will continue.
Liu warns that if Xi still refuses to begin a thorough
political reform, and to implement democracy,
the CCP’s downfall remains just a question of time.