Netizens Don’t Trust Central Inspection Teams
The central Chinese Communist Party (CCP)
has sent working parties to different areas
of China, to investigate corruption officials.
However, netizens have called for a stop to the investigation.
Some netizens said, “Don’t check
the army’s ammunition depot!”
The netizens are referring to when previous working parties
investigated Sinograin and the National cotton repository.
Fires broke out. Hong Kong media questioned
who will be monitoring the working parties?
Let’s take a look.
On May 27, the first work team sent by central government
arrived at China Grain Reserves Corporation (Sinograin).
On May 31, there was a mysterious fire at Sinograin’s
depot in Lindian county, Helongjiang province.
Sources said the fire burned 78 barns containing
50,000 tons of grain.
The damage reportedly is as much
as over 100 million yuan.
On July 1, a month after Sinograin’s fire incident,
strange fire burned a National Cotton Reserves Corporation repository in Shanxi.
Around 36,000 tons of cotton and 10 storage units
The damage was estimated at 300 million yuan.
Yet, on that day, 45 central work teams
were allocated to different places.
Are these two strange fires are just coincidence
or a conspiracy? The work teams kept silent.
The regulatory authorities National Material Reserve
Bureau didn’t launch any investigations.
However, the online netizens began a heated debate.
Some said, “Imperial officials, stop doing it to avoid
incurring big fire losses.”
Some netizens warned, “Don’t check army’s
especially don’t check nuclear weapon depot, otherwise,
once you check, it will trigger a big bang.”
Hua Po, Beijing current affairs observer, says that it reflects
that Chinese people are dissatisfied with the central government, particularly with central work teams.
The people think it is impossible for work teams to solve
practical problems, and are for show only.
Hua Po: “Xi Jinping sent work teams to local places,
struggling to gain the interest between central and local,
as Xi needs to establish a powerful central government
to strengthen a centralized power system.
However, disputes exist between central and local
authorities regarding opinions and interests.
Thus in order for the local authorities to obey the central,
they sent work teams out to monitor local governments’ every move, giving them pressure.”
Liu Yiming, writer in Mainland China, said local officials
likely create troubles so as to cover up their corruption,
destroying mass accounting or corruption evidence.
Liu analyzed that the possibility of work teams colluding
with local officials for personal gain.
Liu Yiming: “Many people know that some officials are
corrupt, but they didn’t have solid evidence.
Even if there is evidence, corrupt officials may
not let you obtain it.
For example, when people write to work teams,
the letters may be seized by local officials.
Thus it is unrealistic that work teams can really fight
‘tigers’ and ‘flies’.”
Hong Kong’s Oriental Daily comments that central work
teams, which were launched a decade ago, have become a special interest group.
During their “investigation,” they didn’t care about civilians,
neither to monitor officials. They became a corrupt team.
Not long ago, reports said that a 13-member work team
in Hubei went to an impoverished county to inspect for 20 days.
They spent 800,000 yuan, equivalent to more than
200 farmers’ annual income.
Hu Po: “They came, but they didn’t solve problems
that people are most concerned about and most related to.
They can’t resolve it.
The work teams have a rule that they don’t
investigate the higher up levels.
Thus, civilians still have nowhere to complain about
their mistreatment, their problems can’t be solved.”
In fact, since the central work teams were formed,
officials’ corruption hasn’t declined, but increased.
Appeals haven’t reduced,
but increasingly increased.
Hong Kong’s media also said that leaders of central
work teams are ministry-level.
The majority of them are retired provincial,
city-level or ministry-level leaders.
They are closely associated with local officials.
They used the name of “inspection” to build up networks,
sell or purchase official ranks, and collude with businessmen.
Thus is simply unrealistic to allow them to supervise officials.