What’s Behind Jia Qinglin and He Guoqiang’s
Former Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leaders are
continuously showing support to Xi Jinping.
At this critical moment, Jia Qinglin, former chairman of the
People’s Political Consultative Conference, and He Guoqiang,
former head of Central Discipline Inspection Commission,
made a public appearance.
They watched a ballet with former vice premier Wu Yi and
other party leaders of Fujian province.
Commentators say, there is much going on behind the move.
Mainland Chinese media reported on August 25 that Jia
Qinglin and He Guoqing visited the National Centre for the
Performing Arts (NCPA) to watch the ballet Silk Dream,
performed by Fujian Provincial Singing and Dancing Troupe.
The CCP vice premier Liu Yandong, Minister for propaganda
Liu Qibao, and former vice premier Wu Qi were reported to
be with Jia and He. However, no photo has been released by
There were rumors saying Jia Qinglin and He Guoqing are
However, there are photos of Jia visiting Shou Shan scenic
area of Qinhuangdao in the morning of July 16.
On June 4, He Guoqing also showed up in a Confucius
institute at Guiyang, Guizhou province.
Zhao Yuanming, senior Chinese legal scholar said, Xi had an
evident feature in his “tiger-hunting" campaigns.
This can be easily found through careful observation.
Zhao Yuanming, “when widespread rumors say someone
will be taken down, in most cases that person will be made
to appear in public before being dismissed. I think this has
become something like a rule since Xi took power.
For example, Xu Caihou interviewed military officials with
Xi Jinping right before his case was announced publicly."
Former vice chairman of the Central Military Commission
Xu Caihou was being investigated on corruption charges.
Despite that, Xu suddenly appeared in public with Xi Jinping
in a visit to senior military officials in Beijing.
Many thus believed that Xu had been made safe from Xi’s
However the CCP still announced the investigation
of Xu on June 30.
In December 2013, former head of Central Politics and Law
Commission Zhou Yongkang was also apparently investigated.
After that, Zhou showed up several times until his case
was officially announced on July 29.
Zhao Yuanming said, final public appearances of the dismissed
officials are like “farewell performances" of actors.
Zhao Yuanming,"for high CCP officials such as Jia Qinglin,
it doesn’t matter how many times they appear in public;
Their crimes will always be there.
Xi Jinping won’t change his decision according to
So personally I think maybe it is Xi Jinping who plans those
public appearances for Jia Qinglin and others.
It is like a farewell performance, until they say
goodbye to all audiences."
Jia Qinglin has always been believed to be a key member of
Jiang Zemin’s faction.
Some even call Jia Qinglin, Zeng Qinghong, Li Changchun
and Zhou Yongkang the “New Gang of Four".
After the fall of Zhou Yongkang and Xu Caihou, public view
is focused on how Xi will dispose of Jiang’s other followers.
During Jia Qinglin’s visit to Qinhuangdao in July, there were
sources revealing that Jia Qinglin was under Xi’s control.
His appearance showed he had agreed to cooperate with Xi
then, to ease the restlessness of some political groups.
For He Guoqiang, Hong Kong media reported on Aug 21 that
He’s son was reported to be involved in the corruption case
of Song Lin, former boss of the Huarun Group.
The Central Discipline Inspection Commission talked
with He after that.
It was said later that He and his family were safe by returning
1.7 billion Yuan ($276 million) of embezzled money.
According to the Epoch Times, He Guoqing used to be a
follower of Jiang Zemin.
However, He turned to support Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao
after Wang Lijun defected to the US Consulate.
He also helped them in taking down Bo Xilai.
There were media reports saying Jia Qinglin also
offered help in striking Bo.
Tang Jingyuan, a political observer, said Jia Qinglin and He
Guoqing’s public appearance may signal them changing sides.
Jia and He may have made contributions in cooperating with
the Central Discipline Inspection Commission,.
This has successfully separated them from Jiang’s group.
Tang Jiangyuan believes, Jiang tied his fate with Bo and Zhou.
Jiang Zemin and Zeng Qinghong are only making useless
struggles in dissociating with them.
Tang Jingyuan, political observer, “two things tie Jiang and
Zeng with Bo and Zhou.
The first is the coup plot; the second is live organ harvesting.
Furthermore, the real motive behind the coup is probably
also to escape from their crimes of live organ harvesting.
For that reason, Jiang and his followers are afraid
of losing power.
This is why striking Bo Xilai is equivalent to striking Zhou
Yongkang and Jiang Zemin.
Those high CCP officials who made recent public appearances
have one thing in common.
That is, they have all contributed a lot in taking down Bo Xilai."
Tang Jingyuan said, Hu Jintao, Zhu Rongji, Wan Li and other
former CCP leaders publicly showed up to support Xi Jinping.
This is a clear signal that Xi will hunt for a bigger tiger
with his next steps.
The association of taking down Jiang Zemin is making more
open moves now, in contrast to what they did previously.
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