採訪/易如 編輯/王子琦 後製/黎安安
Shanxi Crackdown Reaches Climax
2 Senior Officials Sacked in One Minute.
25 Shanxi officials replaced since Chinese Communist Party
(CCP) 18th National Congress.
Two major cases are: Ling Zhengce vice chairman of Shanxi
provincial committee of the Chinese People’s Political
Consultative Conference (CPPCC), who is under investigation
for suspected serious discipline and law violations.
Just 1 minute later, Du Shanxue, vice governor and member of
the standing committee of Shanxi provincial committee of the
Some analysts believe the crackdown on Shanxi officialdom
has reached its climax;
Shanxi has become another focus of CCP General
Secretary Xi Jinping’s beating of Tigers.
In 2014, Xi Jinping’s Tiger campaign has stepped up a grade.
After the Vice Chairman of CPPCC Su Rong’s sacking
last Saturday, they broke the convention of one provincial
or ministerial level investigation per week from this week.
June 19, The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection
(CCDI) announced the detention and investigation of two
provincial and ministerial level officials including the
Executive vice governor Du Shanxue and Shanxi Political
Consultative Conference Vice-President Ling Zhengce.
Plus former Shanxi deputy secretary Jin Daoming who
was under investigation in February,
the former Taiyuan Secretary Shen Weichen
who was taken away in April;
four provincial and ministry level officials sacked
in Shanxi this year.
Ling Zhengce’s sacking is more attractive compared
with Du Shanxue.
Ling Zhengce is 62 years old this year.
His younger brother Ling Jihua is current minister
of the United Front Work Department (UFWD).
Ling Jihua served as director of the General Office of the CCP
when the former General Secretary Hu Jintao was in office.
Beijing politics watcher Hua Po: “First, we have to wait
for any sudden changes in Ling Jihua’s career and destiny;
Second, there might be no connection between Ling Jihua
and Ling Zhengce although they are brothers.
We can’t exclude this possibility.”
Hong Kong Ming Pao got to know from multiple sources that
Ling Zhengce’s sacking is a continuation of Jin Daoming’s
Ling Zhengce’s son got involved in CRC chairman Song Lin’s
It was said that Ling Zhengce is accused of law violation on
the relevant land mine approval when he served as director of
Shanxi Development and Reform Commission.
Jin Daoming’s investigation is because he was involved
in former Luliang mayor Ding Xuefeng’s title purchase case
which also involved Zhou Yongkang’s son Zhou Bin.
In addition, Jin Daoming also harbored a number of major
cases in Shanxi.
Hua Po: “Shanxi is a big province with a fat meat, energy,
which is wanted by all major families.
The Song Lin and Shen Weichen cases are just the tip of
Not only Zhou Yongkang’s, there might be other families
The water might be very deep if it was broken.
I believe it is a trend for Xi Jinping to crack down
on local power because regional power is inflating.
It would be the first step for Xi Jinping to crack down on
the Shanxi Gang.
The second step will crack down on the Beijing
and Shanghai Gangs. “
The report quoted a source that a businesswoman Hu Xin has
connections with Ling Zhengce, Jin Daoming and Du Shanxue.
It was said in Shanxi that Hu Xin is a public mistress for
several Shanxi officials.
Another Beijing source disclosed the Shanxi officialdom
earthquake is limited to Shanxi province.
It won’t involve the Ling Jihua level."
Overseas pro-Beijing Chinese media revealed the
investigation of Ling Zhengce will follow the rule of
no mercy, no implicated punishment.
Ling Zhengce’s last public appearance was on June 17th
when he inspected an out-of-the-way village leading a
CPPCC research group.
According to the Shanxi Daily report, 58 years old Shanxi
Provincial Committee Du Shanxue also accompanied the Shanxi
Secretary Yuan Chunqing, the Governor Li Xiaopeng to meet
the Chairman of State Grid Corporation, Liu Zhenya in Taiyuan
on the June 17th.
The media said the same as Ling Zhengce, Du Shanxue is
considered a member of Yuncheng Gang in Shanxi.
Du Shanxue is suspected of accepting huge bribes when he
served in Luliang and alleged official title purchase in competition
forthe Secretary of the Shanxi Commission for Discipline Inspection.
In the meanwhile, it is said Xi Jinping’s old comrade was
transferred to Shanxi.
June 19, the CCP mouthpiece announced that the Standing
Committee of Hubei Provincial, the Organization Minister
Lou Yangsheng is transferred to Shanxi as deputy secretary.
He filled Jin Daoming’s vacancy as the third spot in Shanxi.
Official biographies show that Xi Jinping was promoted to
Zhejiang Provincial Party Secretary from Fujian Governor at
the end of 2002.
Lou Yangsheng was immediately promoted to Lishui Party
Secretary from Zhejiang Jinhua mayor the next February.
They have worked together for 5 years.
Therefore, it is a signal from Xi Jinping to intentionally regulate
the local officialdom by transferring Lou Yangsheng as Shanxi
Ming Pao believes the Shanxi Gang might have earthquakes
without rest under Lou Yangsheng’s regulation.
Interview/Yi Ru Edit/WangZiqi Post-Production/LiAnan