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CRH Scandal Goes on: CCP Top-Level Infighting Grows
A real-name whistle-blowing action against Song Lin, the
president of China Resources (Holdings) Company (CRH)
has gained media spotlight in China and abroad.
Song was accused of committing massive corruption.
He was the second vice-ministerial level official of
the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), after Liu Tienan,
who has been denounced.
The Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC)
has taken over the case.
Who are the string-pullers behind Song Lin?
What political impact can the scandal cause?
Both questions have now drawn media focus.
On 17th July, in his real name weibo (micro-blog),
a Beijing journalist Wang Wenzhi, informed on the
corruption offence by Song Lin and other CRH managers.
Song was accused of malfeasance in the acquisition of
a coal mine in Shanxi, leading to losses of billions
in state-owned assets.
The news was swiftly reported on by Xinhua News Agency
and by major web portals in China.
Yet, the reports were all removed later.
That night, the CRH alleged that the whistle-blowing
action was malicious slander.
The CRH claim was emphasized in bold at ifeng.com.
It also made headlines for two days at 163.com,
a popular web portal run by NetEase.
Strangely, Wang’s whistle-blowing on weibo, reappeared.
Wang told China’s media that his weibo message
wasn’t removed by himself.
And that he had received an anonymous threat
over the telephone.
On 18th July, the CCP official media reported that
the CDIC had received materials against
the CRH management on corruption.
The case has been handled under normal procedure.
The media asks the public to “be patient."
Wu Fan, chief editor of China Affairs Magazine, comments.
The CRH scandal shows the CCP top-level infighting
has been growing, he says.
Wu Fan: There must be a backstage backer behind
such a scandal.
The backers may implicate any deceased, alive or
retired CCP officials.
This tells us that the CCP infighting has expanded
from the political arena to the economic.
Right now, it’s hard to anticipate the result.
According to critic Han Wu, the CCP will soon hold its
annual “Beidaihe meeting” in August.
At the top-leader secret meeting, political power
will be reassigned.
Only then, can the finalized policy represent
Xi Jinping’s ruling stance in the next five years.
Thus, the CRH scandal may only be a CCP top-level
warning against some specific factions, says Han.
Han Wu: I think that the CCP might do something
outwardly to get by.
It won’t conduct a real probe into the case,
for that will pull out the roots.
They know each others top secret, but
none of them dare to expose it completely.
Commentator Lan Shu says, the timing of
the scandal exposure was very sensitive.
This is because the Bo Xilai-case will be tried
within two months.
Who stands behind Song Lin? ——
A question for thought.
Hong Kong’s Apple Daily reports that Song Lin’s
smooth promotion inside the CRH,
was related to the son-in-law of Chen Yun,
deceased former CCP veteran.
Chen Yun’s son, president of China Development Bank, highly
praised ex-CCP leader Jiang Zemin in his article in April.
The Epoch Times reports that Song Lin was
henchman of Zeng Qinghong, core figure of Jiang’s faction.
Zeng was also known as an ally of Bo Xilai.
The Epoch Times article cites an unnamed official from
a mainland-funded enterprise based in Hong Kong.
It said, the whistle-blowing action against the CRH president
signals the downfall of the faction backing Song Lin.
Lan Shu: I think the major cause of this is that
the CCP leadership is still at odds over
handling the Bo Xilai case.
Their infighting is still going on.
The exposure of Song Lin was a blow striking
against Jiang’s faction.
It has also been used to warn the figures behind Song Lin,
which include Jiang Zemin and Zeng Qinghong.
This may help force them to make some concessions
in the pending trial of Bo Xilai.
The Epoch Times report reveals that Song Lin, at the behest of
Zeng Qinghong, has long backed Leung Chun-ying, a
Hong Kong Chief Executive.
Leung has for a long time overtly supported Jiang’s faction.
The CRH, registered in Hong Kong, has actually
helped the Liaison Office in Hong Kong to control the region.
For the past years, the CRH has been operating
under the umbrella of Zeng Qinghong.
Taiwan’s Central News Agency states that
on 17th July, Wang Wenzhi said that he will soon
expose more evidence in hand.