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Makeup of China’s 17th Politburo Standing Committee Reflects Power Struggle

Posted by Author 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. [1]

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

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