Recently, China’s state-owned CCTV vigorously reported
a preface written by former Party head, Jiang Zemin,
titled “A Concise Historical Reader on China’s History,”
yet Jiang Zemin didn’t show up in the report, nor did his voice.
Later on, other state-owned media reproduced this information.
According to analysts, all of this propaganda promotion
might be a plot by Li Changchun,
likely having something to do with the power struggle
before the 18th Congress.
It indicates that the Jiang Faction is making a last ditch effort,
and Hu and Wen have occupied a favorable position.
On July 30, the CCP’s (Chinese Communist Party) mouthpiece,
CCTV, reported on the publication ceremony held by the
Chinese Academy of Social Sciences’ Institute of History
at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
President of the institute read the preface written by Jiang
Zemin for “A Concise Historical Reader on China’s History.”
But Jiang was not seen at the ceremony.
On the same day, other state-owned media reproduced this
information, but none of them showed recent images of Jiang.
Zan Aizong, former reporter from China Ocean News,
said that China’s media are all controlled
by the Central Propaganda Department.
Zan Aizong, ex-reporter for China Ocean News:
“The Central Propaganda Department has a rigid rule that
all the media has to follow its regulations and
angles for news reporting.
If you fail to follow them, the Central Propaganda Department
will punish you.
Even if they require you to report or reproduce something
false, all the media have to do so.”
Since Jiang Zemin attended the 100th Anniversary of the
Revolution of 1911 in October 2011, he hasn’t been seen again.
Previously, the Epoch Times got exclusive information
that Jiang Zemin, who was rumored to have died,
is now in a vegetative state, relying on intravenous fluids.
Zhang Jielian, current affairs commentator, said that the
propaganda from the living-dead Jiang Zemin is mainly
because of the power struggle before CCP’s 18th Congress.
Zhang Jielian, current affairs commentator: “I think it is done
by Li Changchun from the Jiang Faction,
since he currently has no power in other aspects.
Almost the entire Jiang Faction will leave their positions
after the 18th Congress, therefore, Li propagandized Jiang Zemin for the last struggle.”
The list of the Standing Committee members for the 18th
Congress has taken long to be decided.
According to Zhang Jielian’s analysis, after the Wang Lijun
Incident, Hu and Wen took the favorable position.
Wang Yang of the Communist Youth League Faction now has
massive support and is almost certain to join the Politburo Standing Committee.
But those of Jiang’s Hardliner faction, such as Zhang Gaoli,
Zhang Dejiang, and Yu Zhengsheng, are facing obstacles.
According the previous report by Japanese media and Reuters,
the size of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau will
be reduced from 9 members to 7 during the 18th Congress.
Media in Hong Kong recently revealed that, in actuality,
the higher-ups of the CCP have already,
since this spring, conducted two secret votes for the list of
new Politburo Standing Committee members.
Insiders told media overseas that in the second vote,
the higher-ups in the CCP only elected 5 members.
Previously, media reports widely believed that Xi Jinping
and Li Keqiang are certain to join the Standing Committee.
Therefore, the resultant 5 members plus Xi and
Li will then be 7, which means that
the two extra members for political and legislative affairs
as well as culture and propaganda assigned by Jiang Zemin during the 16th Congress will be excluded.
Zhang Jielian, current affairs commentator: “Therefore, at this
point, I believe that the Jiang Faction won’t give up.
They want to make some more trouble by propagandizing
the living-dead Jiang Zemin.
In the name of a history book,
they actually want to confuse people,
to tell Jiang’s followers that their power still exists.
But it actually exposes their fear.”
A netizen with the alias Zuoyou Weinan wrote in his blog that,
“the preface written by Jiang Zemin was not written
to promote a book on history!”
He believes that the preface propagandized by the Jiang Faction
is, in reality, very likely written by someone else.