The CCP’s Internal Fission
The Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) state-run media,
The People’s Daily, published an article on May 25,
reiterating the Party’s rules against publicly criticizing
the CCP’s decisions, fabricating political rumors,
or defaming other Party members. The article went
on to say that no matter how high one’s position is,
he/she will be punished if they violate the CCP’s rules.
Some commentators say that the article was written
due to the increasing number of internal divisions and
conflicts within the top echelons of the CCP.
The People’s Daily published a commentary by the
Central Disciplinary Committee, warning Party
members and officials “not to make irresponsible
remarks, spread political rumors,
or smear the CCP’s image."
The Central Discipline Committee warned Party
members that if they don’t comply, they would be
disciplined, regardless of their rank.
As long as they violated the CCP’s rule, they would
need to undergo strict “criticism and re-education,”
or disciplinary action. Those who cause serious
problems will be severely punished.
Bao Tong, secretary of the former CCP General
Secretary Zhao Ziyang, said, “If you make disparaging
remarks about the Party, it will fall, and its prestige
will be longer exist.” This shows how little confidence
the CCP has in itself.
Bao said, “It puts Party members and non-Party
members at odds with each other.”
Bao Tong, continued, “If the CCP has rules,
I say it is good. Now it’s clear that the CCP has rules
but non-communists have no rules. Party members
must be consistent with the CCP, but non-members
don’t have to. The CCP controls eight million people,
but it liberates 13 million. Which is Good!”
This years, “Where Is China Headed" caused
a lot of debate. Prime Minister Wen Jiabao
repeatedly talked about the need for political reform,
but high-ranking CCP officials never responded.
The Political Committee wants everyone to believe
that “civil society" is a Western “trap." Mao Zedong’s
followers believe in “Utopia," and have publicly
“indicted” Mao Yushi for his “denial of Mao Zedong."
NTD interviewed Chen Pokong, a mainland commentator
and scholar, living in America.
Chen Pokong recently said that different groups have
exposed each other’s different scandals, particularly
the controversial Three Gorges Dam scandal.. It was
revealed that there were serious problems with the
dam project to begin with, and it wasn’t scientifically
thought through, nor was it properly voted on.
Chen Pokong said it shows that the current CCP
leadership wants to make a clean break from the dam
project. All news related to the subject, showed that
there were intense power struggles, divisions, and
conflicts within the CCP ranks, over the dam project.
Chen: “All levels of the government are starting to
revealing their true thoughts and positions, which in
and of itself, shows a weakening of the CCP’s
consolidated power. It shows that there are great
internal divisions and conflicts at all levels of the CCP.
The Central Discipline Committee’s notice reflects
a great deal of anxiety at high levels."
The Party’s newspaper even noted that the CCP is
currently experiencing intense, inner conflicts.
Chen said Wen represents the right wing, which seeks
“political reform," while Bo Xilai represents
the left wing which likes to “sing red songs.” Not only
will the left and right not agree with each other, but
neither will members of the inner-circle of the CCP;
central and local authorities, or the various ministries.
The CCP is becoming increasing split on many issues.
Chen: “Departments, ministries, provinces, and
municipalities will start behaving more like
independent kingdoms, and the trend is becoming
more and more prominent. From the top of the CCP
to bottom, the left wing and right-wing are constantly
fighting for either profit, reputation, or leaving
themselves a way out. Regardless of the purpose, this
power struggle intensified to an unprecedented level
after the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989.”
Chen said that different groups of high-level CCP
officials, are unable to defeat each other, thus,
the conflicts and mutual antagonism between the left
and the right, will actually benefit the aspirations of the
common folk, who are tired of the CCP’s antics.
NTD reporters Liang Xin, Song Feng and Wang Mingyu