Chongqing: Will Jiang Yikang Replace Zhang Dejiang?
After the Chinese Communist Party Two Sessions,
Zhang Dejiang took over from dismissed Bo Xilai.
Zhang Dejiang became (CCP) Secretary of Chongqing,
and began to change many officials.
Now, Chongqing will have a more changes.
It’s said that Jiang Yikang, CCP Secretary of Shandong
Province will replace Zhang Dejiang to lead Chongqing.
There are other rumors suggesting Zhou Qiang,
52-year-old CCP Secretary of Hunan Province
will be promoted to be the CCP Secretary of Chongqing.
Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post quoted sources
stating Xi Jinping, the next CCP leader,
has recommended Jiang Yikang to succeed Zhang Dejiang.
Jiang Yikang will become CCP Secretary of Chongqing.
Another resource also revealed that two senior officials
from the Chongqing government confirmed Jiang Yikang was previously Vice Secretary of Chongqing.
He could take position of Secretary of Chongqing
as early as June.
However, it has previously been reported that Zhou Qiang,
a Hu Jintao crony will be made Secretary of Chongqing.
As we know, Jiang Yikang is a princeling.
Outsiders considered him a crony of Zeng Qinghong,
former Vice Chairman, and part of Jiang Zemin’s faction.
On July 6 last year, Jiang Yikang convened a large meeting
of the Provincial Standing Committee.
This was to discuss the response measures for rumors
that Jiang Zemin, former CCP Chairman, had died.
The meeting decided that Shandong Province must
take the lead to mourn Jiang Zemin.
First, Shandong News Net published a high-profile
The government started to build an ultra-luxurious tomb
in Taishan mountain for Jiang Zemin. This was temporarily named “Jiang Ling”.
The planned tomb is 880,000 square meters, including
a memorial hall, crystal coffin and an 18 meter high gold statue.
At the same time, they planned to dig a basement
inside Taishan mountain.
This would be 800 meters deep to save preserve
Jiang Zemin’s body in case of a war.
The whole project will cost 88 Trillion RMB.
Xia Xiaoqiang, current affair’s commentator thought
after Bo Xilai’s dismissal,
the arrangement and actions of the Chongqing government
reflects CCP leadership dynamics.
Xia Xiaoqiang: “After Zhou Yongkang lost power, basically
Hu-Wen took control of the overall situation.
They should arrange their cronies to take positions.
But Jiang Yikang is a crony of former Vice Chairman
Zeng Qinghong, and is a standard of Jiang Zemin’s faction.
There may be a possibility that Jiang Zemin’s
‘Blood Debt Faction’ had been defeated.
His cronies turned against and opposed him.
It’s possible that Jiang Yikang expressed his faith to
Hu-Wen and Xi Jinping, wanting to atone to render meritorious service.”
Xing Tianxing, current affair’s commentator thought
Zhou Qiang is more suitable than Jiang Yikang
to take over the position of CCP Secretary of Chongqing.
Xing Tianxing: ”Zhou Qiang graduated from Southwest
University of Political Science and Law.
According to his educational background, he should
be relatively open.
This means his ideology should have a big difference
from the leftists.
But Jiang Yikang is not. From his experiences,
his ideology should be very close to the CCP tradition.
You can see his opinion about ‘Sing Red and Attack Black’.
I think he is very difficult to have a clear understanding.”
Xia Xiaoqiang pointed out that there’s no reason to push
Xi Jinping to appoint Jiang Yikang to take lead of Chongqing.
But it can’t be ruled out that Jiang Zemin’s
“Blood-Debt Faction” is facing overall liquidation.
They wanted to release the rumors by Hong Kong media
to confuse the public.
There are also analysts that believe Bo Xilai is facing
Zhou Yongkang lost his power and the dying Jiang Zemin
can only use HK media to make some noise.
The current situation shows that the so-called Jiang faction
has collapsed, and the whole “Blood Debt Faction” will end.
There is no meaning in being concerned
about who will lead Chongqing.
Chongqing is a hot potato with a pile of bad debt.