Is the CCP Using Zhu for it’s Revival?
China’s former Premier Zhu Rongji’s new book, “Record
of Zhu Rongji’s Talks" was published on August 12th.
The book is a collection of Zhu’s speeches and notes
from his tenure as the mayor of Shanghai between the late 80s and early 90s.
Analysis points out that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)
wants to use Zhu Rongji’s leftovers to turn its waning tide.
But the CCP has decayed from the root.
Disintegration of the CCP is the only way out for China.
As media reports in Mainland, “Record of Zhu Rongji’s
Talks" was released on August 12th jointly published by
People’s Publishing House and the
Shanghai People’s Publishing House,
The book is a collection of Zhu Rongji’s talks
between December 1987 and April 1991
when he served as mayor of Shanghai, deputy chief and
later chief of the municipal committee of the CCP.
Included are 106 speeches, talks, correspondence and notes,
as well as 83 photos, 9 copies of commentaries and letters.
The book was validated by Zhu Rongji personally.
The Publishing House exclusively revealed
two paragraphs of content at a media press conference.
One element is Zhu Rongji’s warning to Shanghai middle
to high-ranking officials about “reducing formalism."
The other is that Zhu Rongji seemed to express,
by particularly referencing that
high rank officials should first accomplish the so-called
being “Free from Corruption, being highly efficient at work."
Currently, the CCP’s anti-corruption campaign is on an upsurge.
Many high-ranking officials are crime-prone, including
Bo Xilai, the former Chongqing Party Secretary of CCP,
Liu Lijun, the former Minister of Railways
and other high-ranking officials.
Zhu Rongji is well-known as “Iron Fist" and his newly
published book has attracted speculation from the outside world.
Taiwan’s United Daily News reports the book says that
civilians are not happy with no punishment of high-ranking
officials, which is very consistent with the current situation.
The CCP mouthpiece, People’s Daily, also echoed that no one
should feel that high ranking officials should avoid punishment.
Hong Kong Economic Times (Economic Daily) reports,
Zhou Ruijin, the former deputy chief editor of People’s Daily,
who attended the Media Press for the new book release,
said that China is now in a stage of social transformation.
There are always new contradictions and problems occurring,
Zhu Rongji’s ruling ideas is a huge reference for today.
Wu Fan, chief editor of Chinese Affairs:
“I can see, hope will turn into disappointment.
(They) try very hard to reverse, to rescue the CCP,
but I can see that CCP’s root is too decayed.
Whether or not it can be rescued is still unknown."
Having been retired for 10 years, Zhu Rongji insists
on no longer making public statements.
But today he was pushed to the front by the CCP.
What it is for?
Hong Kong’s Apple Daily quoted Huang Shuyuan,
the head of People’s Publishing House,
one of the publishers, who said the
publishing of the book has significant meaning.
Huang Shuyuan hinted that the content of the book
corresponded to the current situation and pointed out today’s problems.
Xing Tianxing, current affairs commentator, believes
the CCP’s current lifting up of Zhu Rongji indicates that
the highest ranks deeply know Jiang Zemin,
the former Party General Secretary, is notorious.
(They) have to use Zhu Rongji’s reputation
to help out the CCP.
Xing Tianxing, commentator on current affairs:
“Comparing talks by Zhu Rongji 20 years ago with the latest
policy by Xi Jinping, they are very similar.
I don’t think that Zhu Rongji’s original meaning
was to point out problems, but to map the moment.
However, this comment by Zhu Rongji gave the CCP
a resounding slap in the face."
Xing Tianxing says even if Zhu Rongji’s comments
are good to listen to,
the CCP, who is at the edge of downfall,
is frying his leftovers from the past.
Xing Tianxing, current affairs commentator:
“The release of Zhu Rongji’s comments,
plus his personal charm is like at once injecting
a strong cardio tonic into Chinese people.
It has been a long time since then. We can tell that
those things did not work but left many sequels.
Let’s go back to see Zhu Rongji’s comments
and compare them with the current CCP.
We can clearly see that the only way out for China
is actually to disintegrate the CCP, this is an essential way."
Then, is it effective for the CCP to fry
Zhu Rongji’s leftovers?
Wu Fan: “Totally of no use.
It was thought that the CCP was resumable,
but after 20 years, the CCP has become more decayed.
Rescuing today’s CCP by using Zhu Rongji’s method,
which was 20 year ago, does it work? It doesn’t work."
As all know, during his tenure, Zhu Rongji carried out
reforms in state-run enterprises.
In the meantime, however, it resulted in loss of a huge
amount of state properties as well as officials’ corruption.
In addition, it led to numerous workers’ unemployment.
Great resentment towards Zhu Rongji aroused in society,
as people believed that Zhu Rongji’s reform was at the expense of ordinary people’s interests.
The so-called anti-corruption by Zhu Rongji was also
considered to be an initiative to protect the CCP.