采访/常春 编辑/周平 后制/朱娣
Chinese Communist Party Leaders: “Every One of Them is Sick”
It is widely known that in authoritarian countries,
the leaders’ health is deemed as a state secret.
Their condition would never be disclosed
during illness, and kept secret even after death.
Since the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) came to power,
its leaders’ health conditions have been a sensitive topic.
Recently, overseas media commented on the health
issues about Jiang Zemin, his son, and Hu Jintao.
The article pointed out that “every one of
them is sick.” Let’s see our report in detail.
An overseas article targets the news about
Xi Jinping’s “injury in the back” in September 2012.
The “illness” later led to a cancellation
of Xi meeting with foreign guests.
The article said that the new leader’s “injury in the back”
has become a very sensitive term for media and the public.
The article mentions China’s nationwide great flood in 1999.
Except Hu Jintao, all other six then-members
of the CCP Politburo Standing Committee
went to inspect the scene of the disaster.
Hu Jintao’s absence was said to be
due to a poor physical health condition.
In 2012, before the 18th Party Congress, the
question of whether Hu Jintao would fully
withdraw from politics attracted much attention.
What followed were rumors that “Hu wants
to withdraw completely, due to poor health.”
The news did not disclose details on Hu’s illness.
However, it was alleged that Hu’s wife had
breast cancer and was under treatment.
In January 2011, without his wife accompanying
him, Hu Jintao visited the U.S. and attended the
anniversary of Hong Kong’s transfer to Chinese rule.
Xue Wei, General manager, Beijing Spring magazine:
“China is a country under rule by dictators.
It’s different in other countries where
the leaders are elected by voting.
Former generations of CCP leaders believed that,
“ruling power comes from the barrels of guns".
So that’s why its leaders’ health is so important.
This is because after the leader’s death, the regime
may be overturned by a rebellion or a coup, or it may
change to follow a path of capitalism or revisionism.”
Critic Lin Zixu says that behind the CCP
top-level leaders exists a vast interest group.
Once any leader is unfit, other CCP officials will surely
drop stones on him, to erode his political authority.
Lin Zixu: “The CCP’s mechanism of leadership
succession hasn’t been legally recognized.
Once its top leader is critically ill, tensions inevitably
arise among Party factions, in order to grab power.
In short, no matter whether it’s for the interests
of the Party or of the leaders themselves, the CCP
bigwigs’ health conditions is kept absolutely secret.”
In November 2011, China’s State Council
made new appointments of state functionaries.
59-year-old Jiang Mianheng, the son of Jiang Zemin,
was reported to no longer hold the position of
Vice President of Chinese Academy of Sciences.
The public viewed it that Jiang’s faction had lost power.
Shi Da, commentator: “In 2011, it was reported that
Jiang Zemin had died, but he later appeared, visibly frail.
The public wondered what had happened to him? But
the news about his death greatly weakened his forces.
Jiang’s son, Jiang Mianheng, were also
said to have had serious liver disease.
Why did the middle-aged Jiang Mianheng discontinue his
post as Vice President of Chinese Academy of Sciences?
Was it really due to his health or due to
the downfall of Jiang Zemin’s power?”
Shi Da says that the CCP is a political party of shady deals,
so it may release any information to the outside world.
Xue Wei laments that 1.3 Billion Chinese people’s
destiny is now under a few CCP officials’ thumbs.
Xue says that this is a sad era, which should end soon.
Xue Wei: “It’s really sorrowful under communist
authoritarian rule, it’s a rule by dictators.
One leader can decide hundreds of millions of people’s lives.
So we could see how Jiang Zemin
controlled Hu Jintao for eight years.
Now he wants to control Xi Jinping again, but I don’t
think he can make it, for he is critically ill, I believe!
We do hope that China will soon get rid of CCP rule.
Millions of people’s fates cannot be in hands of an old man.”
Shi Da indicates that the people
should have the right to know.
The historical trend shows a direction towards democracy,
while the CCP is still a Party of shady deals.
It is no longer suitable within global trends, he concludes.