Jiang Faction Frustrated prior to the 18th National Congress
Bo Xilai's intent to step up to the Central Committee of the
CCP through the campaigns to revive a Cultural Revolution
era "red culture" and crack down on "organized crime"
has completely failed after Chongqing Vice Mayor, Wang Lijun, sought asylum to the U.S. Consulate.
Wang Lijun's incident exposed the CCP high-level corruption
and power struggle involving Bo Xilai, Zhou Yongkang and others.
This international scandal has spread to the Jiang Zemin
faction which will frustrate Jiang's intended arrangement during the 18th National Congress.
Hong Kong's Ming Pao Daily News reported on February 22 that Bo Xilai was said to have recently resigned from
his position as a Politburo member and Party chief of Chongqing from the Central Politburo of the CCP.
Removal of a Politburo member requires a Central Committee
plenary session, and is likely to conclude after the 7th plenary session.
However, Chongqing Municipal Party Committee
Propaganda Department spokesman denied Bo's resignation.
CCTV's evening news on the 21st showed Bo Xilai present
in the Politburo meeting on the 20th.
Wang Lijun's escaping from Bo Xilai's killing through the
U.S. Consulate continues to draw the public's attention.
Hong Kong Chengming magazine editor Zhang Weiguo
this type of defection scandal has rarely been seen in the
history of CCP, though it's similar to Lin Biao's fleeing.
Zhang Weiguo: "Theoretically, Bo Xilai is supposedly
to be held accountable for this incident because it's not about a mistake, but a crime.
His problem is more serious than Chen Xitong or Chen Liangyu. In fact, it's an attempted coup.
If it's not taken care of, the Communist Party is likely done."
The Hong Kong-based Information Center for Human Rights
& Democracy reported that Bo Xilai will be transferred to the National People's Congress.
Professor Tianliang Zhang of George Mason University said
that it could be a stopgap idea of Hu Jintao prior to punishing Bo, or it could be a tactic of Jiang faction or Bo Xilai.
Tianliang Zhang: "I feel Bo Xilai is just wishfully thinking it
as a bargaining chip. Bo Xilai and Zhou Yongkang have engaged in a coup.
In this case, he is only giving up his power in hopes that will take care of it. It is unprecedented and I don't think it can be allowed."
Mingjing News of Hong Kong revealed that top CCP officials
including the 9 Standing Committee agreed that
other than the corruption scandal of astronomical value,
Bo Xilai has also engaged in forming cliques for private gain and independent state,
employed political assassination to obtain a seat in the
Standing Committee, threatening the Central by coercing the public, the political forces and military.
He has connived and supported the Maoists extreme left.
He is a careerist in the CCP.
The U.S. official revealed that while Wang Lijun went to the
U.S. Consulate, he has provided the U.S. documents pertaining
to corruption and power struggles of the high-level CCP
and information about Zhou Yongkang and Bo Xilai's intention to defeat Xi Jinping.
There are also sources indicating that Wang Lijun has
provided information about live organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners.
Sources said that the infighting between Wang Lijun and Bo
Xilai has spread as far as to Zhou Yongkang,
and is pushing towards Jiang Zemin.
The Jiang faction is seriously disturbed.
The layout involving the Jiang faction at the 18th National
Congress has been greatly impacted by the incident involving Bo Xilai and Wang Lijun.
Among the 25 Political Bureau members,
excluding Bo Xilai,
there are 10 people qualified for the age cut-off of the
Standing Committee including succession candidates Xi inping and Li Keqiang.
Also, from the Communist Youth League faction Wang Yang,
Li Yuanchao, Liu Yandong qualify,
and of the Jiang faction Wang Qishan, Yu Zhengsheng,
Zhang Gaoli, Zhang Dejiang, Liu Yunshan as well.
Tianliang Zhang: “Liu Yunshan is into the propaganda,
and he is with Jiang Zemin; Zhang Dejiang has a bad reputation;
he caused great public anger over the Wenzhou railroad accident.
He is the one who ordered the immediate burial of the victims at the scene.
I don』t think he has much chance to get on the Standing Committee.
Zhang Gaoli has had a bad reputation since he was the
Tianjin municipal party secretary."
During the Beidaihe meeting last year, Jiang's faction failed
to replace Li Keqiang with Wang Qishan as the next Prime Minister.
Yu Zhengsheng is nearing the age limit, and has also been
involved in cases such as the 20 million embezzled from
Beijing-Shanghai high-speed rail, mistresses, and
his brother Yu Qiangsheng's defection to the U.S.
As a result, the nine Standing Committee quotas of the
Politburo members are facing insufficient candidates.
Tianliang Zhang: "CCP Politburo Standing Committee members
are not necessarily coming from the Politburo members.
He may step up directly from the Central Committee to the
Politburo Standing Committee.
For example, Zeng Qinghong was from the CCP Central
Dr. Li Tianxiao of Columbia University political science
indicated that Wang Yang, Li Yuanchao, and Ling Jihua of the CYL faction,
are all likely the leadership dark horse of
18th National Congress.
The Bo Xilai vs. Wang Lijun incident has become the
decisive weapon of Hu Jintao against the Jiang faction.
It is a foregone conclusion for the seriously disturbed
Jiang faction at the 18th National Congress.
NTD reporters Chang Chun, Li Yuanhan and Guo Jing.