採訪/朱智善 編輯/黃億美 後製/陳建銘
Official Media Silent Regarding Li Yuanchao “The Best Is Yet To Come?”
Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Vice President Li Yuanchao
recently released a surprise statement in which he said that
Hong Kong’s anti-Occupy Central Struggle isn’t
over; the interesting part is yet to come.
However, his words were not reported in mainland media.
It’s analyzed the constant negative news about Li Yuanchao
plus the lack of reporting on his speech by official Media
shows his political destiny might change.
CCP Vice President Li Yuanchao released a statement
about the follow-up development of anti-Occupy Central
in Hongkong at the Federation meeting.
Hong Kong and Macao News director Tian Bingxin
suggested the Central Government should be more proactive
Li Yuanchao responded that the best is yet to come since
the Central believes the anti-Occupy Central struggle
is not over.
It’s widely believed the so-called “best part” means
old accounts will continue to be settled in the future.
It is widely believed Mr Li’s “the best is yet to come"
should refer to the fact that events meant to settle scores
are still developing.
Hong Kong Apple Daily reported Scholarism spokesman
Li Wenluo believes Li’s was verbally threatened
for his remarks, showing Beijing worries that the civil society
will initiate action again.
Labor Party chairman Lee Cheuk-yan believes Li’s speech
shows that the CCP hopes to win over Hong Kong people
who struggle for democracy in the Occupy Central movement
with a fighting mentality.
It is said that the Hong Kong Civil Human Rights Front
will initiate a large universal suffrage parade on Feb. 1.
It’s expected that 50 thousand people will be in attendance.
Whether the parade becomes the start of a new around
of mass protest has become the public’s focus.
On the other hand, CCP mouthpieces seem to blow off
Li Yuanchao’s remarks concordantly because
they are never published in mainland Media.
Although the Phoenix reprinted the news on the 23rd,
it couldn’t be found on the website only one day later.
US-based China’s social problems researcher Zhang Jian
believes that it highlights the different opinions
on Occupy Central within the CCP.
Zhang Jian: “A vice president who can be silenced
by official media shows that even in a certain faction
or the same front, they still have differences.
Any emergency will become a throat-cutting fuse within
the party after the intense inner struggle."
Political commentator Tang Jing pointed out
that Li Yuanchao is the deputy leader of Hong Kong
and Macau as a CCP senior, it’s his duty
to deliver a statement at the Federation Meeting.
The CCP might want to settle old accounts in the future
in a low key fashion to avoid irritating Hong Kong people
since his speech was deleted.
Another possibility is the factional differences
within the CCP at the senior level.
Tang Jing: “I think it’s unusual for Li’s speech
to go unreported based on his rank.
It might because he added something to refute a rumor
for himself that was not officially agreed upon in advance.
It may reflect that the pressure on Li Yuanchao from within
the party is not small; it is a subtle situation currently."
According to another article in Hong Kong and Macao News,
Li Yuanchao hinted that he was the victim of an Internet
rumor when he was discussing Internet information
in the meeting.
He said many overseas people who don’t know the truth
will believe the rumors on overseas websites."
With the former Vice Chairman of of the National Chinese
People’s Political Consultative Conference Ling Jihua
under investigation, several Jiangsu officials who served
during Li’s tenure were sacked.
Negative rumors regarding Li continue to emerge.
Hong Kong Economic Daily News reported that
Li Yuanchao’s unusual public response to the Internet
rumors is very meaningful.
British Broadcasting Corporation reported that there are
many rumors regarding Li Yuanchao and his family
throughout Chinese social media sites and many
overseas media outlets.
Someone even predicted Li Yuanchao might become
the next big sacked tiger in the CCP anti-corruption storm.
Interview/Zhu Zhishan Edit/Huang Yimei Post-Production/Chen Jianming