采访/朱智善 编辑/陈洁 后制/萧宇
Wang Qishan Attempts to Weaken Liu Yunshan’s Power
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Central Commission
for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) team leader Zhang Yingwei
recently exposed four problems in the China Academy
of Social Science (CASS).
Included were CASS’s illegal ideological collusion with others
as well as infiltration by foreign forces.
Analysts point out that Chinese leader Xi Jinping
more or less controls the army, also known as “the gun."
The CCP propaganda system, referred to as the “pen,"
often creates trouble for Xi Jinping.
Secretary of the Central Discipline Inspection (CCDI)
Wang Qishan intends to weaken Jiang Zemin faction
member Liu Yunshan’s ideological power
in the Standing Committee.
According to Mainland media reports on the June 14,
Zhang Yingwei, head of the CCDI now stationed in CASS,
pointed out during his CASS speech on June 10
that four major problems exist within CASS.
First, CASS has put on an academic cloak, creating
Second, CASS uses cross-border sophistry
concocted via the Internet;
Third, during sensitive periods, CASS was involved
in illegal collusion;
Fourth, CASS accepted infiltration by foreign forces.
Zhang Yingwei requires all members of CASS to be politically
consistent with the Party Central Committee.
US-based Chinese social issues researcher Mr. Zhang Jian
believes that the CCDI is against not only CASS scholars.
It is also in opposition with Liu Yunshan, head of ideology,
and Wang Qishan intends to weaken Liu Yunshan’s power.
Mr. Zhang Jian: “Wang Qishan wants to take down
Liu Yunshan, and this is not just a recent development.
Over the past year or so, the Central Propaganda
Department and the CCDI have had a very clear purpose.
Consistency has not been maintained during the CCP
downfall, for example the Bo Xilai and Wang Lijun incidents.
The two key departments of the CCDI are not in tune."
According to a U.S.-based New Era Magazine disclosure,
propaganda head Liu Yunshan not only carries out Xi Jinping’s
policies with passive resistance and blockage,
but also continues to create trouble for Xi.
The report claims the Southern Weekend controversy
last new year was caused by Guangdong Propaganda
Department Director forcing Liu Yunshan to pull Southern
Weekend’s Constitutional Dream New Year’s message.
This was in an attempt to embarrass Xi Jinping.
Subsequently, Liu Yunshan issued the Information Notice
Regarding the Current Situation in the Field of Ideology
via the Central Propaganda Department,
and then the “Seven Nos."
The seven nos refer to not speaking out about universal
values, freedom of the press, civil society, civil rights,
the party’s historical blunders, the powerful bourgeoisie,
and an independent judiciary.
For a long time, China’s field of ideology has been clouded.
The freedom faction and the right-wing liberals
within the CCP are under tremendous pressure.
Political commentator Lan Shu: “It is not surprising
that Liu Yunshan has become the current focus.
The CCP has long relied on two methods to control China.
One is via the pen (media),
and the other is the gun (military).
Over the past one or two years, we have seen the current
leader make some effort to control the army.
Now another focus is in the spotlight, namely controlling
the pen – further controlling freedom of speech."
Sources say that in April of last year, Liu Yunshan fought back
against the abolishment of the Labor Camp and Re-education
policy proposed by Xi Jinping.
He sent out a confidential order requiring that the Central
Propaganda Department refrain from forwarding
or issuing statements on articles that expose
the dismal situation at Masanjia Labor Camp.
He also manufactured the “taxi” incident along with
Zeng Qinghong, which was a death threat to Xi Jinping.
Recently, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visited Britain
where the two sides signed a Joint Declaration,
which fails to mention the CCP’s white paper on Hong Kong
released by the Information Office of the State Council.
On June 17, Xinhua Net published the Sino-UK Joint
Statement, which publicly disclosed the split among
the high ranks of the CCP leadership regarding the governing
of Hong Kong, in an obscure location on their site.
Mainland media deliberately cold-finished the “Sino-UK
Joint Statement" in order to keep pace with Xinhua Net.
Lan Shu: “Under Liu Yunshan’s direct control, the CCP’s
propaganda department has been inconsistent with
the new generation of leaders on many key issues and ideas,
there is a conflict of interest between them.
At present, Wang Qishan’s attention is focused
on Liu Yunshan in an attempt to seize more rights to speak
and to compete for the control of the CCP’s
In fact, the battle to compete for public opinion among
high-ranking CCP officials commenced long ago.
At the end of last year, the second Inspection Team
of the CCP Central Committee stationed itself in Xinhua
News Agency and reported nine major problems, including
that executive leaders of Xinhua News Agency and the CCP
were keen on engaging in factional fighting, used gangs
for private interest, shared profit illegally and more.
This year on April 30, Yang Zhenwu, one of Xi Jinping’s
trusted followers, was promoted to People’s Daily president.
That same day, the overseas edition of People’s Daily
published Xi Jinping’s past speeches in 2008 and 2013
in which he criticized the Central Party School for having
descended to a social setting for public relations.
The incumbent President of the Central Party School
Liu Yunshan was accused again.
Recently, frequent incidents have also taken place
at CCP mouthpiece CCTV.
CCTV’s Finance Channel Director Guo Zhenxi was thoroughly
investigated and exposed.
Another four staff members were taken away
According to reports, at least one hundred CCTV employees
were questioned by the CCDI and the Audit Commission.
Some employees have been detained
for interrogation or arrested.
Interview/Zhu Zhishan Edit/Chen Jie Post-Production/Xiao Yu