采访/常春 编辑/尚燕 后制/朱娣
Chinese Communist Party Power Transfer Before Date Confirmed for 18th National Congress
Established Chinese Communist Party (CCP) practice
requires that after a new ruler takes office, he/she needs to specify their own Director of General Office.
Li Zhanshu recently broke this rule by replacing
Ling Jihua before the CCP’s 18th National Congress.
This indicates that the CCP has quickened personnel
changes, as the 18th National Congress approaches.
Director of General Office is an extremely important position.
It is also known as “Chief Manager of the Inner Court.”
Hu Jintao assigned this position to his assistant
Ling Jihua only five years after he took office.
In contrast, Li Zhanshu has assumed this position even
before Xi Jinping has formally become the next leader.
This unusual fast pace has triggered the public’s attention.
Zhang Jian, a scholar on China’s social issues, said that
China will surprise the world with more unexpected events.
During the 18th National Congress, different CCP factions
will wage desperate struggles against each other during.
Zhang Jian: “Those who lose the battle will never surrender.
Those who win will not have the authority
that previous CCP leaders held.
The two sides are sure to struggle
against each other desperately.
Whatever the result, Chinese people will
always live at the bottom of the food chain.”
Ling Jihua will become Minister
of United Front Work Department.
Some overseas Chinese media said that Ling’s
political career is no longer optimistic.
However, Hong Kong media said Ling will continue
to be Secretary of the CCP Central Committee, with an adjunct position in the United Front Work Department.
As routine, at the National People’s Congress next year,
Ling may become Vice Chairman of the National Committee
of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative.
Zhang Jian said that Wang Yang might replace
Ling Jihua to enter the Central Committee.
Zhang Jian: “At the 18th National Congress,
I believe it is possible that Wang Yang could replace Ling Jihua in the Central Committee.
Or, Ling Jihua might take some other position,
without a plan to enter the Central Committee.
In Guangdong Province, Wang Yang made remarks
about reform that were totally new in the CCP’s history.
There must be some high officials supporting him.”
Although Taiwanese media analyze that these personnel
changes have been speeded up within the CCP, the date of the CCP’s 18th National Congress is yet to be revealed.
The latest guess is from Hong Kong newspaper Ming Pao,
which quoted sources as saying that the date has been
basically finalized in mid-October, between the 15th and 18th.
The three days before this will be the CCP’s
17th Central Committee 6th Plenary Session.
York College scholar Zhou Zehao pointed out
that the CCP procedure looks abnormal in comparison with the U.S. Presidential election.
Zhou Zehao: “CCP political operations
are completely contrary to that of the U.S.
They do whatever they want, keeping the people blind.
Its opaque politics leaves us with all sorts of speculations.
This abnormal phenomenon needs to be completely changed.”
Zhang Jian believes that the current system will lead China
into a more complicated and confusing situation.
This will be the case even if the CCP successfully
passes through the 18th National Congress.
Currently, the CCP has no charismatic leader
to coordinate the conflicting factions within the party.
On the other hand, Zhang Jian suggests that current
internal conflicts will bring Chinese people towards a full consciousness of the nature of the CCP.
This will change the status quo in China.