Zhou Yongkang, former security czar and retired senior Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leader, is now under investigation and prosecution. Reports have confirmed that the Yichang city procuratorate in Hubei province has also arrested Zhou’s son, Zhou Bin, on charges of involvement in illegal business operations. According to sources quoted by U.S.-based media, Zhou Bin recently submitted evidence against his father, and thus, only until now has the CCP decided to announce the investigation and prosecution of Zhou Yongkang. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by chinaview on July 31, 2014
Posted by chinaview on July 30, 2014
On Tuesday the Chinese regime’s news agency, Xinhua, announced that former domestic security tsar Zhou Yongkang has been arrested. According to the official announcement, Zhou is being charged with “grave violations of discipline,” although the official charges are not expected to name Zhou’s gravest crimes. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by chinaview on July 27, 2014
BEIJING/HONG KONG (Reuters) – Oil executive Jiang Jiemin rose to power in Communist China in time-honored fashion: by hitching his star to a mighty mentor.
In Jiang’s case, that patron was another oil man, Zhou Yongkang, who went on to become the chief of China’s internal security apparatus and one of the country’s most powerful men. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by chinaview on February 12, 2013
Sichuan’s former deputy Party Chief Li Chuncheng was one of the first senior officials to go, after Chinese leader Xi Jinping announced his intentions against corruption last November.
That move may be in preparations to take down another man—former security chief, Zhou Yongkang. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by chinaview on March 17, 2012
I spoke earlier with NTD Senior China Analyst Dr. Zhang Tianliang, who’s been following Bo Xilai’s situation closely. He said that Bo’s removal was not a surprise…especially after Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao criticized Chongqing’s leadership on Wednesday. Dr. Zhang said that Wen’s remarks were highly unusual.
[Dr. Zhang Tianliang, NTD Senior China Analyst]:
“In front of the whole world’s media, the Communist Party now shows people that they are divided. This is very, very rare…It’s never happened after the Cultural Revolution that one Chinese official openly accused another Chinese official of faults or mistakes or crimes.” Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by chinaview on November 16, 2007
By Li Zhen, the Epoch Times, Nov 12, 2007-
On November 5, Beijing Second Intermediate People’s Court dismissed the lawsuit against former Minister of Public Security Zhou Yongkang without proceedings in a court hearing.
(photo: Shanghai appellant Tong Guoqing)
The plaintiff’s attorney Zheng Enchong indicated the court’s decision violates the law, and could have possibly been made to avoid public and political pressure. The plaintiff Tong Guoqing plans to appeal.
This unprecedented politburo lawsuit was accepted on September 20, 2007, a year after it was filed with the court even though according to China’s Administrative Litigation Law, the court must respond within seven days to decide whether or not to accept a case. The acceptance of the case was considered encouraging to mainlanders, the attorney Zheng Enchong, a Shanghai lawyer and human rights defender, had stated previously that it was already a victory in the history of Chinese petitioners’ human rights litigation.
Defendant Replaced by the Court
The plaintiff, Tong Guoqing, indicated he received the official letter from the Second Intermediate People’s Court on November 7. It was stated that the dismissal was based on it being “Not consistent with the relevant provisions of the Administrative Review Law.” In the letter, the defendant had also been changed to the incumbent Minister of Public Security Meng Jianzhu from the former Minister of Public Security Zhou Yongkang.
Zheng was puzzled about the sudden change of the defendant by the court without a prior notification in accordance with regulations. In the administrative plea issued by the Ministry of Public Security on October 16, as the state’s formal response to Tong’s suing Zhou Yongkang’s failure to carry out his Ministerial duty to protect the appellants, the legal representative was then Minister, Zhou Yongkang. As for the dismissal of the lawsuit, Zheng expressed his disappointment. He said, “The court has violated the legal process at the beginning by delaying the acceptance of a case, and now is making a second even more serious mistake.” Zheng further mentioned, “The Second Intermediate Court is the court of first instance, the legal procedure requires a hearing. Dismissal of a case without a court hearing is a serious violation of the law.”
Zheng believed Zhou Yongkang as the Party Chief for the Central Political and Legal Committee has pressured the court to dismiss the case and replace the defendant with his authority in the regime’s law enforcement and justice system. Besides, the dismissal could be the consequence of a new compromise between the two factions inside the Chinese Communist Party (Hu Jintao and Jiang Zemin).
He further analyzed, “Since it was publicized first internationally, this case has been watched closely by the media. It is expected to cause a wave of legal lawsuits filed by petitioners nationwide as a chain reaction, if Beijing Second Intermediate People’s Court initiated the case hearing. The Court did not dare take up this responsibility and chose to dismiss the case.”
As the legal representative of Tong’s case, the Shanghai human rights lawyer Zheng Enchong was summoned once again on November 8 by Shanghai Zhabei District Public Security.
The plaintiff Tong Guoqing was forced to defend his rights through petition after authorities illegally seized his private house in 1999, and forcibly relocated him. During this time, Tong was also pursued by police, beaten and even arrested.
– Original report from the Epochtimes
Posted by chinaview on November 7, 2007
By Zhang Tianliang, The Epoch Times, Nov 04, 2007-
As reported by The Epoch Times on October 31, Wang Zhaojun’s open letter (in Chinese part 1, part 2), is a bright spot on China’s political landscape after the 17th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The political background from which this incredible event emerged is filled with intrigue.
The political restructuring during the CCP’s 17th National Congress has led many people to feel that Jiang’s group is still very strong. Zhou Yongkang, the target of a recent, unprecedented lawsuit, became a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau. Jia Qingling and Li Changchun also retained their positions on the committee. These moves, of course, represent Jiang Zemin’s final fight to extend the policy of persecuting Falun Gong and to protect himself and his family’s safety. As a consequence Jiang Zemin has also now pushed Hu Jintao into a corner.
Hu Jintao is strongly opposed to expressing support for the persecution of Falun Gong and this makes Jiang Zemin very worried. In order to protect himself, Jiang Zemin had to position his own people onto the Standing Committee to prevent Hu Jintao from consolidating power and redressing Falun Gong. There are even rumors of a Jiang Zemin led conspiracy to assassinate Hu Jintao.
Hu Jintao of course can hide his strength and bide his time but he has already been controlled for 15 years. Since 1992, the younger Hu has been waiting until Jiang Zemin and his people to step down so that he can have free reign of the government. However Jiang Zemin held on to the position of the President of Central Military Commission after the CCP’s 16th National Congress in 2002. Since stepping down from this position in 2004, he keeps a finger on Chinese politics through former and current Standing Committee members: Zeng Qinghong, Huang Ju, Jia Qinglin, Li Changchun, Luo Gang and Chen Liangyu. The prolonged wait for power is leading Hu Jintao to the end of his forbearance.
Hu Jintao has always been very careful and steady. He doesn’t make a move until he is certain. Arresting Chen Liangyun was the first step in cleaning up Jiang’s group. Jiang’s group countered Hu immediately, as the personnel arrangements at the 17th National Congress represent Jiang’s last fight. At this point in time, if Hu lets Jia Qingling, Li Changchun and Zhou Yongkang control the balance of power on the Standing Committee, he will again be on a leash for the next five years of his term. Given all this, Hu has to move.
I talked about this exact trend on the 2nd day of the 17th National Congress. If Jiang Zemin successfully pushed Zhou Yongkang into the Standing Committee, it would force Hu Jintao to make his decision: to completely purge Jiang Zemin and his group from the government.
Wang Zhaojun’s open letter emerges from just such a background. There might be people saying that the CCP hasn’t yet decided how to handle Wang Zhaojun, so he remains temporarily untouched. But according to usual practice, the CCP would have threatened Wang Zhaojun right away or put him under house arrest. This is the treatment Gao Zhisheng received. However, Wang Zhaojun issued a statement to express that he is very safe and hasn’t encountered any trouble. It is similar to the case of Lu Jiaping remaining safe after revealing embarrassing details of Jiang Zemin—changing his resume and having a special relationship with Song Zuying. It shows that there must be people high up in the CCP who are protecting him.
We have noticed that after the 17th National Congress, Zhou Zhengyi had another hearing and Jiang Mianheng, Jiang Zemin’s son, was brought up from his case. It is no doubt the extension of the fight to destroy the Shanghai group by Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao. Another particularly notable incident is the Beijing Court accepting a lawsuit brought by a petitioner against Zhou Yongkang. In the history of the CCP, this is unprecedented. In the CCP’s internal legal system, the court belongs to the Politburo and Zhou Yongkang is the Head of the Political and Legislative Affairs Committee in the Politburo. We can be sure that this decision would amount to suicide if there were no permission—or at least tacit permission—from an authority higher than Zhou Yongkang.
Because Zhou Yongkang is the spokesman supporting the persecution of Falun Gong in the Standing Committee, the lawsuit against Zhou Yongkang’s has become a key incident in the power struggle between Hu and Jiang.
This isn’t all to say that we can only hope for this power struggle to bring positive change to China. In China today, abandoning the CCP is already a general trend. The opportunity for disintegrating the CCP has matured.
It is no longer a question of whether the CCP will be disintegrated, however, Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao can decide how the CCP will end. If they use the opportunity of clearing out Jiang Zemin to redress Falun Gong and lead China to freedom and a constitutional government, they will have chosen a path that causes Chinese society to pay the least price; this will certainly cement their names in history. This is the result that all people who love China want to see.
- Original report from the Epochtimes
Posted by chinaview on October 25, 2007
By Zhang Tianliang, Special to The Epoch Times, Oct 23, 2007-
The first plenary session of the 17th Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) had planned to reveal the nine “elected” members of the 17th Standing Committee of the Political Bureau (or Politburo Standing Committee) at 11 a.m., Oct. 22, 2007, but the Central Committee didn’t reveal the news until 11:30 a.m.
The “election” result of the 16th Politburo Standing Committee was also delayed for 36 minutes. Back then, Jiang Zemin suddenly threw his political muscle behind an effort to sustain his position as the Chairman of the Military Committee and to squeeze his two lackeys, Luo Gan and Li Changchun, onto the Standing committee of the Politburo Bureau.
Whether the delay in announcing the 17th Standing Committee was also a result of a clash between different political factions is not clear. In any case, we are bound to know details about the cause of the delay soon.
The elected members of the 17th Central Committee were revealed yesterday. When I saw Zhou Yongkang’s name on the list of candidates, I felt it was very likely that he would be chosen as one of the standing members of the Political Bureau. Otherwise, it would be meaningless for him to be elected as one of the members of the Central Committee. He is already 65 years old, which means he would have to retire if he couldn’t get on the Politburo Standing Committee.
On the other hand, the fact that he was “elected” as one of the Central Committee members means that he would be arranged to step up to the ladder of the CCP. Similar to Luo Gan, Zhou Yongkang is favored by the CCP because of all the bloody work he has done. Similar to Luo Gan, Zhou was listed as the last standing member of the Political Bureau.
The ratio of Hu Jintao’s to Jiang Zemin’s factions in the 17th Politburo Standing Committee is basically 5:4. Hu has a slight advantage over Jiang. Jia Qinglin, Li Changchun, He Guoqiang and Zhou Yongkang are pro-Jiang. He Guoqiang used to head the CCP’s Organization Department, succeeding Zeng Qinghong. He Guoqiang and Jia Qinglin used to work together in Fujian Province. During He’s post as Mayor of Fujian Province, the internationally infamous smuggling ring in Xiamen that involved high-level CCP officials was most active.
He Guoqiang, who should have faced disciplinary punishment, was instead promoted by Jiang Zemin as the General Secretary of CCP in Chongqing City. He later entered the Political Bureau and became the Head of the Organization Department of the CCP.
It must have taken Jiang Zemin and Luo Gan a lot of effort to put Zhou Yongkang on the Standing Committee. After all, Zhou was infamous for the poor quality work he had done during his posts at China National Petroleum Corporation, Ministry of Land and Resources, and the Sichuan Province Committee. During his post as the Minister of Public Security, Zhou repeatedly swore to lower the crime rate.
However, the number of large police conflicts with protesters continued to rise while the public security bureaus teamed up with the mafia to bully Chinese civilians. Yet it appears Jiang Zemin and the CCP is very partial to an incompetent such as Zhou Yongkang. Jiang, Zeng Qinghong and Luo Gan need a scoundrel who has caused a lot of bloodshed,and who will be willing to stop Hu Jintao or Wen Jiabao’s potential attempts to make peace with the Chinese people.
For ten years, after Deng Xiaopeng had named him as the leader who would succeed Jiang, Hu Jintao had been a “crowned prince.” He finally became the Chairman of the CCP in 2002, but he hasn’t had the real power. The election of the 17th Politburo Committee goes to show that Jia Qinglin will not leave the standing committee, Li Changchun, despite of his cancer, will stay in the standing committee until he dies of cancer like Huang Ju and finally He Guoqiang and Zhou Yongkang, the two new pawns of Jiang Zemin, have just been squeezed onto the standing committee. Apparently, Jiang Zemin and Zeng Qinghong refuse to allow Hu Jintao any real power.
Zhou Yongkang might feel protected by getting onto the standing committee. Let’s not forget that in 1976 when Hua Guofeng teamed up with Ye Jianying and Wang Dongxing to destroy the “Gang of Four” (The Gang of Four consisted of Wang Hongwen, Zhang Chunqiao, Jiang Qing and Yao Wenyuan) Wang and Zhang were both standing members of the Political Bureau while Jiang and Yao were members of the Political Bureau. 
In my opinion, the main purpose of putting Zhou Yongkang on the Standing Committee is for Jiang Zemin and Zeng Qinghong to prevent Hu Jintao from ending the persecution of Falun Gong.
There are quick and slow ways to end the persecution of Falun Gong. The slowest approach would be cutting the funds required to sustain the persecution of Falun Gong. The CCP’s organization system is severely paralyzed. For this reason, it will be a nearly impossible challenge to do something good, but it also means that a lot of funds are required to do something bad. The corrupted government officials, after first lining their own pockets, then need enough money to entice their men to execute bad policies and orders.
Jin Renqing, former Minister of Finance, didn’t even make it to the Central Committee. It is alleged that Hu Jintao is investigating Jin, who secretly allocated a large amount of money to Jiang to suppress Falun Gong. In that case, even though Zhou Yongkang has become a standing committee member, the persecution of Falun Gong will end eventually due to insufficient funds to sustain it. However, history might not have enough time to wait for the persecution of Falun Gong to end this way, if Hu plans to end the persecution in this fashion.
If Hu is tired of his role as a “child emperor,” there is an easy solution for him. The CCP cannot possibly dissolve the debts of blood created by the CCP and Jiang Zemin, let alone Hu Jintao. With that in mind, why does Hu bother to carry these debts for the CCP or Jiang Zemin? Why doesn’t he just end the persecution of Falun Gong and withdraw from the CCP? By doing so, he will be free of carrying these debts of blood and of the restraints from Jiang’s faction. Moreover, Hu would become an important figure who would change history.
- Original article from the Epochtimes