採訪/秦雪 編輯/張天宇 後製/李勇
Investigating Song Lin ‘s case implies trouble for his backstage supporters
The state-owned enterprise (SOE) China Resources Group
has an employee population of half a million
and more than 1000 billion RMB of assets.
However, since it was reported that the board chairman
of the SOE Song Lin was investigated on April 17
by the Commission for Discipline Inspection (CDI) of the
Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP),
only two days later,
the official media confirmed that Song Lin had been
dismissed from his position.
The insider revealed that the Authority takes action
so rapidly that the resolution to punish Song Lin
and furthermore the deep implication of threatening
the backstage “major tiger"
who supports Song Lin is clearly demonstrated.
According to the news of Organization Department
of the CCP Central Committee cited by CCP ‘s
Xinhua News Agency on April 19,
Board Chairman and the CCP Head of
“China Resources Group" Song Lin has been dismissed
from his leadership position by the CCP
and this is being processed according to normal procedure,
due to his being suspected of serious breaches of discipline
and the laws. On April 17, Song Lin was just declared
by the CDI of the CCP Central Committee as
“being receiving the investigation of the CCP organization."
From the investigation to dismissal,
there was only two days ‘ interval.
Such a quick processing step of dismissing Song Lin
is very similar to the case of Jiang Jiemin,
the former State-Owned Assets Supervision
and Administration Commission (SASAC )
and a henchman of the former Head of Politics
and Law Committee of the CCP Central Committee
According to Hong Kong media news cited
from multiple information sources familiar with the case,
to investigate Song Lin is due to relevant instructions
from the CCP Head Xi Jinping.
In view of this, political commentators think,
this is the CCP high level led by Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang
aimed at the interest group again
after cleaning Zhou Yongkang ‘s “Oil Gang".
The former Shanxi Evening News journalist Mr Li Jianjun
disclosed, the CDI of the CCP Central Committee
has listed Song Lin ‘s case as “No. 3 Major Case"
following Zhou Yongkang ‘s case.
Furthermore, Song Lin ‘s case involves a bigger “Tiger"-
a certain retired Standing Member of the Politburo.
This time Song Lin ‘s dismissal signals the next step
of the CDI is to ferret out the
“Protection Umbrella” backing Song Lin.
Beijing political observer: “I think this time,
Xi Jinping wants to save the CCP,
and then he has to focus on anti-corruption
and axe the interest group.
So he has to touch those senior Tigers or super large tigers
who are from families with the experience
of Standing Members of the Politburo.
So, from now to see, to attack a super major tiger
is not only a matter of Zhou Yongkang himself,
it might need to go further.
I think Xi Jinping is forced to do so.
Because he knows, if these super large tiger
families are allowed to split the social welfare,
then CCP power will all be weakened by them. “
Before Song Lin was investigated, several persons once
whistleblew his case and this cover the Chief Journalist
of Economic Reference Daily Wang Wenzhi.
Last year and recently this year,
Wang Wenzhi twice publicly blew the whistle
on Song Lin ‘s misconduct and
corruption on his Weibo using his real name.
Before this, Li Jianjun blew the whistle on Song Lin
to the CCP Highest Level in 2010. Last year,
Li Jianjun visited Hong Kong to blow the whistle on Song Lin ‘s
suspicion of corruption.
But all submitted evidence is lacking
further information without any replies.
Even when Wang Jianjun and his family members
are threatened many times with death.
There are also “Soft Threats” from Shanxi local officials.
The whistleblowing of Mr Wang Zhiwen
has been commented on by high level leaders,
required to strictly investigate it,
but it is reported to be blocked and deferred for one year.
Mr Li Jianjun: “The process of the CCP handling
Song Lin ‘s case seems to dimly let me feel that,
it looks like a couple of forces doing hand wrestling.
There must be someone to protect him
and the protector must be an official
with a considerably high rank."
Who is actually the baskstage supporter of Song Lin?
At present there are many views but no agreement.
But the point that some high level officials always shield
Song Lin, which makes the CDI of CCP
Central Committee stuck there,
is also not denied by the CCP ‘s official media.
After Song Lin was investigated,
the CCP ‘s mouthpiece Guangming Website fiercely questioned:
who defers the comments of high level officials for one year?
Who is the blockage to strictly investigate Song Lin?
Who is/are this or these guys
who don ‘t tell right from wrong,
has no respect for the law, seemingly or essentially executed
hand wrestling with high level officials?
How can he or they have so much nerve,
so much strength?
The article further points out: open delay
and undermining blockage will be not only
affect the above one case, but also reflects
on the “the serious situation of the anti-corruption movement."
Other Mainland media also followed the news,
and attribute the dismissal of Song Lin to the CCP ‘s
persistence in “anti-corruption", or the merits of whistleblowing.
But civil public opinion raised more questions,
and asks if the Authority intends to act against corruption,
so how can you totally ignore the unleashed whistleblowing?
How can you cover the “strict investigation"
given by the former State Council ‘s Premier Wen Jiabao.
How dare Song Lin keep a high-profile to refute rumours.
Analyst says, Song Lin ‘s dismissal is named as anti-corruption.
But essentially, this is the inevitable result
of the CCP ‘s infighting.
However, by all accounts,
only when we become a losing party ,
and abandoned “Cannon Ash",
can this then play its deserved role.
Interview/Qinxue Edit/Zhang Tianyu Post-Production/LiYong