Inspection Group Stationed in Shanghai: Xi Jiping Means to Uproot “Shanghai Gang"?
Taking down Zhou Yongkang is a climax
of the party＇s Anti-Corruption Campaign.
But state-run media firmly stated that
Zhou Yongkang is not the end of the campaign.
On the second day after the announcement of
Zhou Yongkang＇s investigation,
the CCP Central Commission for Discipline Inspection
sent an inspection team to Shanghai.
Shanghai is the stronghold of former president Jiang Zemin.
Scholar of Political Science from Beijing pointed out that
“Shanghai Gang" is a huge threat to the current party head
Xi Jinping, and has to be uprooted.
“Financial Times" reported on July 31 that
Xi Jinping＇s “anti-corruption campaign"
didn＇t end with Zhou Yongkang.
Instead, it’s about to be unleashed on Shanghai,
the country＇s commercial capital and
stronghold of former president Jiang Zemin.
Before Jiang was made president in 1989,
he was Communist Party boss of Shanghai and
his still-powerful faction is known as the “Shanghai Gang".
“Financial Times" cited some political insider that
Xi is incensed by Jiang＇s pervasive lingering influence
in both the party and the military.
Leng Jiefu, former director of Department of Political Science,
Renmin University of China:
“Hasn＇t Jiang been creating disturbances?
He is not willing to quit the stage.
He doesn＇t support anti-corruption but creates obstacles.
He also made various comments on the anti-corruption.
If the campaign continues, it＇ll be his turn to be raked up.
Zeng Qinghong and Jiang＇s two sons are all creating disturbances.
Zeng Qinghong and Jiang Mianheng are both threats to Xi Jinping.
Now the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection
has arrived in Shanghai.
It means that the roots of trouble have to be eradicated.
Otherwise, things can never be peaceful. “
Leng Jiefu estimated that the inspection group will probably
find something problematic over there.
But Zeng Qinghong and Jiang Mianheng might hope that
Xi Jinping can let them slip through the net.
Leng Jiefu: “Zhou Yongkang＇s case has pushed
Shanghai＇s problems onto the agenda.
In order to investigate Zhou Yongkang,
Zeng Qinghong and Jiang Zemin have to be touched.
Jiang Zemin was Chairman and Zeng Qinghong was Vice Chairman.
Zhou Yongkang was one of the 7 members of Standing Committee.
In order to investigate Zhou Yongkang completely,
Shanghai has to be investigated too.
It＇s time to straighten things up in Shanghai."
Earlier anti-corruption investigations have already targeted
several people with close ties to Jiang Zemin.
“Financial Times" gave a most recent example.
Wang Zongnan, former chairman of Bright Food Co,
is suspected of accepting bribes and embezzling public funds
and has been investigated since last Monday.
The predecessor company of “Shanghai Bright Food Co"
was called “Shanghai Yimin Food 1st Factory".
Jiang Zemin worked at “Yimin Food" in the early 1950s and
has maintained a close personal connection with it ever since.
The investigation is being seen as a clear warning to Mr Jiang.
On August 1 , The online Japanese magazine “The Diplomats"
reported that as China＇s commercial hub,
Shanghai might be the most natural place
for business-minded government workers to enrich themselves.
However, the wide-ranging anti-corruption campaign
has left Shanghai curiously untouched, which is about to change.
The new focus on Shanghai may indicate that Xi Jinping
has his sights set on an even higher target than Zhou Yongkang:
former president Jiang Zemin.
Cao Siyuan, who used to work in the party＇s
Central Reform Committee in 1980s,
feels that there are so many problems in Shanghai,
which haven＇t been exposesed before. Now it＇s the time.
Cao Siyuan: “In the past, information was severely censored.
Without doubt, Zhou Yongkang is part of Jiang＇s faction.
Zhou Yongkang also kept Shanghai untouched before.
Now Zhou falls down, protection or censorship
is not effective anymore.
It＇s a chance to reveal its true nature."
The Wall Street Journal reported that the past corruption
sweeping through Shanghai had rippled through
the nation＇s political structure.
Under China＇s previous administration,
then-President Hu Jintao in 2006
dispatched inspectors to a landmark city hotel where over
several months they all but dismantled the local leadership
in a wide-ranging corruption probe.
The effort toppled the party＇s then-top local official,
Politburo member Chen Liangyu,
who was later ordered to serve 18 years in prison on corruption charges.
“Financial Times" reported that the head of the inspection group
dispatched to Shanghai is a Beijing native.
The team was sent directly from the capital,
an indication of the seriousness of their mission.
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