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Wang Zhaojun’s Open Letter Reveals the Current Political Situation in China

Posted by Author 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

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