採訪/陳漢 編輯/王子琦 後製/黎安安
Jiang Zemin’s Appearance And Final Struggle.
The former leaders of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)
often make public appearance to show their political influence.
Recently, Hong Kong’s ATV exclusive report showed
former leader Jiang Zemin visiting his cousin in Shanghai.
Contrasting with Hu Jintao’s reported five public appearances
in 10 days, the reaction and media coverage for Jiang seems
poor and cold.
On April 22, Hong Kong ATV reported that Jiang Zemin
visited his cousin in Shanghai accompanied by former deputy
director of CCP Central Committee You Xigui, on April 21.
Jiang stayed for 20 minutes. No Shanghai government
officials were present.
ATV reported that Jiang was in good health and walked by
himself without assistance.
However, Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post showed a
video clipping of Jiang walking with several people helping.
Jiang’s appearance was officially disclosed by Hong Kong
No other report was seen in mainland media or online.
By contrast, Hu Jintao’s series of appearances earlier were
reported with many photos, followers, and interactions with
On April 19, Jiang took a boat tour in Slender West Lake,
Yangzhou, with his wife.
This news was only seen on a couple of Weibo postings and
overseas pro-Jiang media.
In mid-April, DWNews.com reported that Jiang was seen to
walk on his own upstairs at the villa where his niece lives in
None of Jiang’s three appearances received formal
mainland media coverage.
Netizen, ‘wangxiaopeng2’, responded to Jiang’s visit to
Shanghai: “For a 20 minute visit, why not get his cousin
over to his place for a day? At 88 years of age, watch out."
In contrast, Hu Jintao was covered in reports between April 9
and April 17 five times.
His news was carried on current leader Xi Jinping’s Weibo
blog as well as the state mouthpiece Xinhua.
He was accompanied are local senior officials.
Netizen ‘Yu Chou V’ wrote: “Look at Hu Jintao, he was
accompanied by the current leadership. What sharp contrast!"
Li Shanjian, commentator: “To some extent, it shows a war
and reflects the severity of the infightings.
The two factions are clearly different in their powers.
But why does Jiang insists on showing it? Jiang has
obviously lost but is making his last fight."
Hua Po, Beijing politics watcher: “Hu Jintao’s appearances
are to support Xi Jinping.
That’s why current leaders are also
supporting Hu’s appearance.
Jiang Zemin was forced to make the appearance and so
it was kept very low key."
Previously, Jiang Zemin has already been blocked from CCP
official media on several important occasions, including the
memorial for Sir Run Run Shaw.
Since the 2012 Wang Lijun incident exposed Jiang’s coup
attempt and conspiracy to abolish Xi Jinping, political fights
in Zhongnanhai have been open.
In 2014, Jiang’s CCP confidantes fell one by one.
The core evil of both Zhou Yongkang and Bo Xilai has been
their crimes against humanity, such as live organ harvesting
from Falun Gong practitioners.
The struggle between Jiang and Xi has turned into one of
life and death.
Since Xi Jinping returned to Beijing on April 2 from his
overseas visits, military heads of the CCP have made two
collective allegiances to Xi Jinping.
The scale of this type of rare public statement by the PLA is
Hu Jintao’s appearance was regarded a direct hit against
Hua Po: “It shows the fighting is very intense,,which is
why when one appears, the other will follow.
Despite his old age and poor health, Jiang
was forced to come out."
Some international observers believe these visible internal
fights among factions signals drastic changes will take place
Interview/Chen Han Edit/Wang Ziqi Post-Production/Li An’an