Propaganda Indicates Liu Yunshan is Against Constitutional Reform in China
Chinese Communist Party (CCP) state controlled media
has published an article against constitutional reform.
There have been similar articles from the same
angle on the front page of overseas editions
of these media for three consecutive days.
They are said to be authored by Ma Zhongcheng, and
claim that constitutional reform is a conspiracy and a trap.
It claims some people with ulterior motives deliberately
subvert the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) regime.
Analysts point out that this series of articles was released
during a time of fierce factional fighting behind the scenes.
Xi Jinping has received signals from all factions,
and leftists aim to stop constitutional reform.
Analysts believe that Liu Yunshan is in
backing this propaganda behind the scenes.
From August 5 to 7, People’s Daily
published anti-constitution articles.
They appeared in the headline column “Wanghailou"
of the “Overseas Edition" for three consecutive days.
The articles were signed by Ma Zhongcheng.
They included “Constitution Is Essentially a Weapon
of Recounter, Unworthy American Constitutionalism and
So-Called Constitutional Government Is Futile In China."
Ma Zhongcheng is a guest researcher of the
Center of the World Socialism of the Chinese
Academy of Social Sciences Research.
These three articles were to refute what they claim
as the hypocrisy of Western capitalist constitution.
It is to maintain the safety of the CCP ideology.
The article also alleged that the United States
is engaged in a premeditated psychological war.
It also attributed the fall of the Soviet
Union to the constitutional reform.
Beijing constitutional scholar Chen Yongmiao believes
that these articles are a warning to everyone in the CCP.
Instead, Chinese people really hope for
the “constitutional traps set by the US".
Chen Yongmiao: “When there are more
intense social conflicts, it feels precarious.
It will tell these truths to comrades within the CCP.
That is, those people should not mess around,
and should not engage in any constitution.
If they do, there won’t be any good outcomes for
them, and they will lose privilege and position."
Hua Po, a Beijing based China political observer believes
the main purpose of the article is to send a message to the
General Secretary Xi Jinping, who is currently in Beidaihe.
He considers that after Xi Jinping came to power, he
demanded the Party’s feuding factions to unite around him.
He did not want them to attack each other.
Therefore, the rightists began to throw
out so-called socialist constitutionalism.
Hua Po: “These articles are in a series, or
someone is backing them behind the scenes.
I think this person is none other than Liu Yunshan.
After being criticized by Xi in July,
I think his bad habits did not change.
He continues to adhere to a faction of leftists,
and continues to be a naysayer to Xi Jinping."
Before these articles were published on People’s Daily,
the Xinhua website published an article on August 2.
It was entitled, “China Will Be Even
Worse Than The Soviet Union In Unrest."
On August 5, the Global Times published another article,
which further claimed that once China went into unrest and
crashes, it will be accompanied with war and bloodshed.
Analysts believe that these two articles are a warning
to Xi and Li to not change the Party system.
On August 6, an article in the loose-leaf anthology
of the Party Construction magazine was published.
It was in the direct supervisory of the Central
Propaganda Department, and also criticized
capitalist and socialist constitutionalism.
Hua Po: “If the leftists won’t accept it,
they will label constitution as capitalism.
The leftists and those groups with vested
interests in the Party will form an alliance.
They will allow Xi to do some reforms at the forthcoming
third plenary meeting, and then they will draw a red line."
Hua Po speculated that these articles are
baked by the Department of Propaganda.
After Xi Jinping came to power, he has
repeatedly raised what he calls anti-corruption,
as well as rule of law, and other initiatives,
This has affected the fundamental
interests of Jiang Zemin’s faction.
The leftists, represented by Liu Yunshan, have
openly and repeatedly been his naysayer.
Hua Po: “In the view of Xi Jinping, the
leftists failed to appreciate kindness.
I think in these meetings, there will be some major
actions, including fierce steps towards the leftists."
In early May, the leftists deliberately
initiated a new round of campaigns.
These were in opposition of universal
values, and democratic constitutionalism.
Initially Red Flag kicked off the dispute on constitution.
This was followed by Global Times, Party Construction,
People’s Daily and Seeking Truth, which are trying
to bring an end to constitutionalism and reform.