China’s Official Campaign: The Returning of VIP Membership Cards
June 20 was the deadline of a campaign for returning VIP
membership cards that China’s officials have received as gifts.
The drive was launched by the Central Discipline
Inspection Commission (CDIC) of the communist regime.
However, VIP card providers have told media that
they have never registered VIP members’ real names.
It is difficult to verify who are the real card holders.
According to reports, zero VIP cards have been
returned in some state departments.
Political observers say, the situation proves the failure of
the self-purification drive of the Chinese Communist Party.
Also, it indicates that the CCP’s corruption battle
has been caught in it’s own trap.
The CDIC demanded that CCP officials make
written promises to return old VIP cards.
If they still keep membership cards in hand,
they’ll be investigated and held accountable.
However, the Beijing Morning Post reported that
some VIP cards were bought in names of companies,
and passed as gifts to individual officials afterwards.
Whilst some VIP cards for luxuries only need a
password input to be used to consume.
Sources from high-end wine vendors reveal that
most VIP cards were gifts for business entertainment.
The disclosure of private information
about individual cardholders is not allowed
So the identity of a VIP cardholder is effectively
impossible to discover in practice.
(Political observer, Beijing) Hua Po: “The measure has
exposed the irregular practice of many VIP card providers.
They have denied the existence of real-name
registration for membership.
This issue has exposed the total lack
of an oversight mechanism.
Overall, it indicates that the CCP’s anti-corruption drive
has been landed in a dilemma.”
Hua Po reveals that many officials received VIP cards as gifts,
which had been registered in names of family members.
According to the Beijing Morning Post,
in some CDIC offices at all levels,
no VIP cards have yet been returned.
Hua Po comments that all along, the CCP has
relied upon the CDIC to combat corruption.
But now corruption has grown inside the CDIC as well.
It is evident that the public cannot count on
the CCP’s “self-purification”.
(Political observer, Beijing) Hua Po: “The CCP has
actually combated, overseen and purified itself.
It relies on itself in doing everything.
Such an anti-corruption action is certainly
a halfway measure, and therefore unrealistic.
Can the CDIC make public the information of
how many officials have returned VIP cards, and
how many cards have been returned by these officials?”
Guo Yongfeng, founder of NGO Chinese Citizen Watchdog,
considers the campaign another CCP scam.
Guo Yongfeng: “It is a political party rotten to the core.
How can it cure its own disease?
It lacks the credibility to do this,
as it has always been thoroughly rotten.
So no one should realistically continue to
believe in the CCP’s touting.
Any faith in it’s talks will only lead to more disasters that
will be brought to the nation and to the Chinese people.
I believe that the only option available for the CCP
is to put itself under the public watchdog.
It should lift bans on press freedom and
on setting up political parties.
Also, it should implement separation of powers, democracy,
military nationalization, and multiparty politics.”
Xinhua News Agency has reported that salesmen from
some private merchants have said that the campaign
won’t affect their businesses.
This is because the information about their card members
is and will continue to be kept very private.
Hua Po: “Lavish spending of CCP officials has
spread all over China, they’ve been very depraved.
Now you ask them to live an austere life,
that is a fate worse than death for them.
How will Xi Jinping take the next step?
What’s the result it may produce? It remains to be seen.”
Nandu.com has reported that China’s local authorities
have invented ways to get around Xi Jinping’s Eight Rules,
which forbid lavish, public-funded banquets.
For example, the canteens of some state departments
have hired five-star hotel chefs.
The canteens have been decorated like highly rated hotels.
Some departments, in order to circumvent the bans
on using official cars, have used car rental companies.
Some of China’s state departments have alleged that
the implementation of Xi’s Eight Rules has caused a drop
by 500,000 yuan in hospitality expenditure.
However, they have concealed the cost of fee increases
in coordination and management,
these costs run to 300,000 yuan and
200,000 yuan, respectively.
Reportedly, over 80 officials in Jiangsu province
traveled to Xiamen for a “meeting”.
One of the main items on the agenda
was to visit local attractions.
The “traveling expenses” were finally recorded
as “meeting expenses”.