Chinese Media: Zhou Yongkang “Insubordination"
The case of former Politburo Standing Committee member,
Zhou Yongkang, remains unclear after he’s officially
announced as being investigated on July 29.
However, recently the Chinese website published an article
that disclosed Zhou Yongkang’s three counts, and said that
the commission has mastered sufficient evidence
What is the purpose of this article during the sensitive time
of the Beidaihe meeting?
What crime will the meeting decide for Zhou Yongkang?
Let’s hear the experts’ analysis.
On July 29, the Chinese website, Kdnet, revealed in its article
about the Central decision on Zhou Yongkang’s serious
One is the corruption through his posts in the oil sector
Two is the abuse of power as Secretary of Politics and Law
Committee to brutally suppress social events;
Three is to support Bo Xilai by offending the superiors.
Dr. Ye Ke of Public Policy at University of Southern California
indicates that during the sensitive Beidaihe meeting,
kdnet’s report on Zhou Yongkang’s charges is apparently a test
of water temperature from the authorities.
Ye Ke: “Now the Beidaihe meeting is drawing the attention.
Zhou Yongkang is a knot the meeting must address.
The report was to test public expectation regarding the case."
The charge of “insubordination" against Zhou Yongkang is a
rarely used term in the mainland media.
It refers to the two session on March 7, 2010, when Central was
to dismiss Bo Xilai from his post as Secretary of Chongqing.
But Zhou Yongkang voted against it, and privately notified
Bo Xilai about Central’s decision.
It is obviously a “disagreement" with the Central.
Ye Ke: “Everyone knows that it is abnormal to sack Standing
Committee member, Zhou Yongkang, solely based on corruption.
In fact, we all know it was due to Zhou Yongkang and Bo Xilai
engaged in a coup.
Fearing the impact of the internal split could be too immense,
the CCP deliberately played it down."
Radio Free Asia commented on Aug. 6 that it is the coup
that brings Xi Jinping to break the hidden rule of
“No punishment on the Standing Committee"
and sack Zhou Yongkang.
Ye Ke indicates the political risk and impact are too great to
sack a Politburo Standing Committee member
on charges of corruption.
Ye Ke: “We all know that Bo Xilai, Zhou Yongkang and
Jiang Zemin have attempted a coup to destroy Xi Jinping.
The reason behind the coup was the 15 years of brutal
persecution against 100 million Falun Gong practitioners and,
particularly the crime of organ harvesting from living Falun
They must control the power. That’s why there is a knot that’s
unsolvable with the incumbent leader Xi Jinping."
On Aug. 8, Caixin.com quoted criminal defense lawyer
Tian Wenchang as saying that since 2002, reform of the law
in China has been through some degree of stagnation
and even retrogression.
He called for an overall liquidation of Zhou Yongkang.
It was also mentioned that Bo Xilai’s hitting the gangster
campaign in Chongqing had completely trampled on
the rule of law.
Ran Tong, a professional member of Sichuan Criminal
Lawyers Association, indicates the downfall of Zhou Yongkang
does not mean Zhou Yongkang’s forces in the security sector
have been fully liquidated.
Sichuan human rights lawyer Ran Tong: “Zhou Yongkang had
dominated the Justice Department for many years.
The so-called annual assessment on lawyers was launched
by them in 2010.
It was done to persecute lawyers and to silence the lawyers
so that they could usurp the party and win supreme power."
So, what would Beidaihe decide on Zhou Yongkang’s case?
Ran Tong: “In fact, the President’s speech about the rule of law
and according to the Constitution has spelled out the subtext."
Ran Tong says that whether it is the crime against humanity
or the mutiny, the fundamental charges against Zhou Yongkang
is that he has trampled on the rule of law and the Constitution.
That is the charge he will not be able to escape.
Interview & Edit/YiRu Post-Production/LiYong