採訪/陳漢 編輯/陳潔 後製/葛雷
Obvious Signal? Liu Yunshan’s Ex-Subordinate Commits Suicide
The state-run media has reported that Zhang Penghui, former
Chairman of Political Consultative Conference Committee in
Hohot City, Inner Mongolia committed suicide on
Sources say that the Inner Mongolia is Jiang’s
faction-Liu Yushan’s own backyard.
Analysts observe that this is an obvious signal that
Xi Jinping would take Liu down.
On Sept. 9, Xinhua News reported that Zhang Penghui
was found dead on the eve of Mid-autumn Day
by police after slitting his own wrists in his office.
Zhang, 60, was a Chifeng native, from Inner Mongolia.
In the past, he had taken multiple senior posts in Inner
Mongolia, including Hohhot’s organization department chief
and deputy communist Party secretary.
From 2008 to 2013, he served as Chairman of the
Hohhot Political Consultative Conference Committee.
Information shows that Zhang Penghui had links with
Liu Yunshan, a member of the central Standing Committee.
From 1988 to 1995, Zhang was deputy
secretary in Chifeng City.
Yet Liu held the secretary position in Chifeng
from 1991 to 1993 and was Zhang’s boss.
Li Shanjian, US-base China affairs commentator:
Liu Yunshan has always played a bad role.
In propaganda aspects, within his administration, he created
several incidents to go against leader Xi Jinping.
It has done harm to Xi.
So, Xi and his assistant Wang Qishan certainly defended.
The defense action is the same as before, to take down
Zhou Yongkang,whilst collecting evidence quietly.
Inner Mongolia is the place where Liu Yunshan
seized his wealth from.
Why did someone commit suicide?
Obviously, this person had been given some pressure.
It is likely that the anti-corruption and evidence collection
against this person had taken place.
This is an obvious signal, that action
against Liu Yushan will take place.
Sources say that Liu held the deputy minister post in the
central organization department in 1993, he had worked in
Inner Mongolia for years, after being promoted to Beijing.
He still maintained close ties with political advisory bodies
in Inner Mongolia.
Inner Mongolia was considered as Liu’s own backyard.
Recently, incidents consistently happened
in Liu Yunshan’s backyard.
Apart from Zhang Penghui’s suicide, on Aug. 16, former
Mayor of Hohhot, Tang Aijun was placed under investigation.
On July 17, Wang Suyi, a member of Inner Mongolia’s Standing
Committee was sentenced to jail for life in his first trial.
Sources say that Tang Aijun resigned as Mayor in April 2010.
He hadn’t been investigated because he has strong supporters.
Zhou Xiaohui, column writer for The Epoch Times says that
Tang Aijun has close links with Lian Ji, Party secretary of
Hulunbeir League, yet Lian Ji has close connections
with Liu Yunshan.
It was possible that Tang curried favor with Lian Ji, whilst
creeping around Liu Yunshan.
Wang Suyi also has close ties with Liu Yunshan, Wang had
served in Bayannur City for years, he had taken multiple
senior posts in the city, including mayor, and Party secretary.
So, rumors about Liu Yunshan and his family seizing huge
profits from rich mineral resources in Bayannur
aren’t just groundless.
Xing Tianxing, US-based current affairs commentator:
It has been well documented that Zhang Penghui relied on
Liu Yunshan. Liu had left Inner Mongolia for many years.
What’s the reason that he still can seize
profits in Inner Mongolia?
Because he relied on his old relationship.
Except Tang Aijun who has been arrested, it is likely that
Zhang Penghui has played a key role in it.
Zhang deeply understood that his corruption would cost his
life, he knew that his supporters cannot protect him,
so he chose to kill himself.
Zhou Xiaohui says that Lian Ji was also one of the persons
in charge of persecuting Falun Gong in Inner Mongolia,
he shares common ground on this point with Liu Yunshan.
In Oct. 2011, Lian Ji was suddenly appointed as the minister
of the propaganda department to Gansu Province.
People who can help to achieve this promotion
would be Liu Yunshan, no other person.
Xing Tianxing: Hohhot City actively suppressed Falun Gong,
many cases have proven this.
In Inner Mongolia, one can be promoted to important posts
certainly he had closed ties with the Jiang faction that
persecute Falun Gong.
They rely on protection from high-levels, so they dared to do
it, then they connected each other to act corruptly
and embezzle wealth.
Sources say that Xi Jinping administration is quietly
approaching Liu Yunshan.
Apart from dispatching officers to control Xinhua News
Agency and China’s Central Television, Liu Yunshan’s
backyard, Inner Mongolia has also been checked quietly.
Sources say that in January and July, Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang,
Wang Qishan and Yu Zhengsheng, four members of the
Standing Committee went to Inner Mongolia five times.
Some comments say that Inner Mongolia’s officialdom
could become another Shanxi.
Liu Yunshan’s backyard and ties
would be rooted out by Wang Qishan.
Interview/ChenHan Edit/ChenJie Post-Production/GeLei