How Does Xi Jinping Establish His Authority?
Xi Jinping, leader of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP),
spent five days in Hebei to attend a democratic life conference
initiated by the Hebei Provincial Committee.
He asked local party secretary Zhou Benshun and other
officials to mutually criticize each other in front of the media.
Officials’ mutual criticism and self-criticism have been widely
circulated on the Internet and their embarrassment has been the butt of jokes among netizens.
Mainland media outlets said that during the conference
on September 23-25, Xi Jinping asked local officials
to resolve conflicts within the CCP by bold mutual criticism
On the morning of September 23, Xi heard reports
from Hebei Provincial Committee and met with Party
Secretary Zhou Benshun and Governor Zhang Qingwei
Xi wanted both of them to take the lead in carrying out
mutual criticism and self-criticism.
On September 25, the state-owned CCTV showed
Zhou and other officials criticizing each other.
Zhou Benshun:"I believe that comrade Tian Xiangli was
anxious to succeed, eager to prove himself and gain recognition from his superiors."
Zang Shengye:"My suggestion to comrade Zhang Qingwei
is to listen to reports patiently, show respects to others and fully adopt others’ viewpoints."
Liu Yinquan, US-based Chinese historian, points out that
problematic officials stem from the CCP’s dictatorship,
and the so-called party rectification is just scratching
the surface and putting on a show.
Liu:"We see these cadres putting on a show
before the public, just acting perfunctorily.
Soon, major issues turn into minor ones and minor issues
turn into nothing.
What they do cannot disclose anything substantial."
Wu Fan, chief editor of China Affiars:"The CCP is rotten,
and its style is only at the surface.
It’s rotten from the standpoints of morals and concepts.
They bully ordinary citizens and squander tax money.
It is not a regime chosen by the people."
Overseas media, the Epoch Times, reported that
Zhou Benshun was Zhou Yongkang’s hardcore supporter.
After Xi took office, Zhou Benshun was demoted to Hebei.
Outsiders believe Xi Jinping’s move is quite meaningful.
Hua Po, Beijing political observer:"After Xi took office,
he wanted to establish his authority.
That is, let these officials obey and stand up to criticize
Self-criticism is quite embarrassing for most people.
However, Xi uses it to establish his authority."
Hua Po:"Xi makes Hebei his base to establish authority,
and asks local officials to set an example for officials in other areas."
Wu Fan:"If the CCP insists on keeping its system,
killing ordinary citizens, killing Falun Gong practitioners,
jailing Internet VIPs, or controlling the Internet,
or even attacking a ＇big tiger＇ and replacing him with another tiger,
using light self-criticism like this will not accomplish its goal."
After Xi took office, he has been to Hebei three times.
He visited a poor village in Hebei on December 30, 2012.
On July, 2013, he went to Hebei and admitted that the CCP
faces severe challenges and complicated issues.