Is Jiang Zemin The Next Target as Jiang Mianheng Resigns?
Jiang Mianheng is the eldest son of the former Chinese
Communist (CCP) Party leader Jiang Zemin.
He recently resigned his title as the president of the
Chinese Academy of Sciences Shanghai Branch (CAS).
The reason behind his resignation has
caused a great deal of speculation.
Media at home and abroad as well as observers suspect
Xi Jinping will take further steps about Jiang Zemin.
State media reported that CAS Shanghai Branch announced
Jiang Mianheng’s resignation because of his age.
However, the age excuse was not well accepted by outsiders.
Jiang, a vice-ministerial level official, was once vice president
of CAS and then the president of CAS Shanghai Branch.
Public information showed that Jiang, born in April 1951,
will be 64 years old in three months.
Since former deans retired at the age of 65,70 or 80, Jiang
is obviously taking an early retirement.
The Communist army history writer Cai Xiaoxin stated on
Weibo that Jiang is ‘the wilted flower, the defeated general’.
Commentator Xing Tianxin, “There are indications that
Jiang’s resignation does not reflect the true reason.
The resignation would not have been of his own volition.
It is the decision from above and he must obey.
This is a very important signal. Even Jiang Zemin’s
shield will not save him."
Since the downfall of former member of Politburo Standing
Committee Zhou Yongkang and former Minister of United
Front Work Department Ling Jihua, what does the removal
of Jiang’s post at CAS mean at this sensitive time?
There are various views.
One of the views is that his dismissal means
the beginning of the Jiangs being “targeted".
Independent commentator Li Shanjian “It is clear that this is
the beginning or a harbinger of the attack against the Jiangs."
Xing Tianxin, “Jiang Mianheng was formerly known as
China’s first greed.
In the current campaign of anti-graft, everyone is observing
the direction of the wind.
Whether or not Jiang Zemin will be hit,
Jiang Mianheng is the key person.
As the eldest son of Jiang Zemin, his downfall suggests that
Jiang Zemin’s status is very dangerous."
There is also the view that Xi Jinping only intends
to weaken the influence of Jiang Zemin and that
once the Jiangs are out of the public, Xi will not
target Jiang Zemin.
But Xing Tianxin indicates that prior to the downfall
of Zhou Yongkang, Ling Jihua, Xu Caihou and others,
there were also analysts believing that Xi Jinping will
not hit them but only remove their minions.
But the fact is that none of them were spared.
Likewise, as their patron and mastermind,
Jiang Zemin will not escape the liquidation.
Xing Tianxin, “Xi Jinping owes the people
a satisfactory explanation.
For decades, the root causes of the corruption ought to be
explained and resolved in order to regain peoples’ trust.
His anti-graft movement would be pointless
if he does not investigate on Jiang Zemin."
At the New Year, Jiang Zemin and his family, along with
Hainan Provincial Party Secretary Luo Baoming, visited
Dongshan Ridge in Hainan. Multiple websites reported
the news on Jan. 3.
But all relevant reports were removed
just an hour after the report.
Immediately on Jan. 4, Hainan officialdom experienced
Xi Jinping appointed his crony, Liu Cigui, as the interim
governor of Hainan Province.
Former governor, Jiang Dingzhi, also known to be closely
associated with Jiang faction, retired.
This personnel arrangement was viewed as a public slap
on the face and warning to Jiang Zemin.
Interview/ChenHan Edit/Zhang Tianyu