Shanghai Openly Challenges Xi Jinping’s Comments on Traditional Chinese Culture
Xi Jinping recently attended a Teacher’s Day event at
Beijing Normal University.
Xi said it is a “sad thing" to see classical Chinese poems
deleted from the textbook.
On the next day, the official newspaper of the Shanghai party
committee claimed on weibo that “studying traditional
Chinese culture is like helping shoots grow by pulling them up,"
which sounds to be in defiance of Xi’s words.
Commentators said, Xi’s comment on history and tradition
can be a signal announcing the fact of Jiang Zemin’s treason.
On the other hand, the attitude of the Shanghai government
will only make Jiang’s situation even worse.
In late August, Chinese media reported that Shanghai would
delete all classical Chinese poems from the textbook
of first-year elementary school students.
Many parents and residents complained
about the decision or opposed it.
On Sep. 2, People’s Daily website published an article
titled “Deletion of Classical Poems: Reduction of Burden
or Tradition" to criticize Shanghai’s move.
On Sep. 9, Xi visited Beijing Normal University.
Xi said, he disapproved very much of removing classical poems
and essays from the textbook.
Xi also commented “desinicization is a sad thing."
Beijing made a quick response to Xi’s comments.
On the next day, the Beijing government announced that
the city’s first-year textbook will have 22 classical poems
from next September.
The number is increased from 6 to 8 poems
in the current textbook.
On the same day, People’s Daily also published an article
authored by “Party Organ Commentator".
The first section had used the title “Who was criticized
by Xi Jinping" to direct against Shanghai.
At the end, the article said “As Beijing will make those
changes from next year, let’s see whether other places
will actively follow the example of our capital."
Commentators believe that Xi Jinping is pressing Shanghai
for their response with the article.
The same evening, Jiefang Daily, Shanghai’s official daily
newspaper, said on weibo that “add a dozen poems into the
textbook overnight, but how can that benefit our tradition?"
and “Anyone with some knowledge of traditional culture
must know the meaning of “Help shoots grow by
pulling them up"."
These again were comments full of defiance.
Chen Minghui:"Xi’s speech is to show his hand
to Jiang Zemin. This is also his trump card.
That is, the history and desinicization issue.
Who destroyed traditional Chinese culture most?
Whose father was a traitor?
There is irrefutable evidence to answer these questions.
Other key facts include Jiang’s spying for other countries
and signing treasonable treaties."
According to “Truth about Jiang Zemin", Jiang’s father
Jiang Shijun was a traitor working for the Japanese during
World War II.
Jiang himself signed away over 1.7 million km2 of
Chinese land to Russia.
Chinese political commentator Chen Minghui said, that after
taking power, Xi Jinping did a lot to eliminate Jiang Zemin’s
evil faction that ruled China for 25 years with corruption.
He launched the Shanghai Free-Trade Zone in economic field,
and used “Constitutionalism" and “Anti-corruption" as
His anti-corruption campaign has worked well and
now Xi will play his trump card.
In December 2012, Xi for the first time presented
the idea saying “Rule of the law is based on rule in accord
Since then, Xi’s “dream of constitutionalism" had flickered
in media reports.
Last year, party mouthpieces even massively made criticisms
against constitutionalism for a period.
Chen Minghui:"Xi’s constitutionalism theory is against
Jiang’s keeping China under control even many years
Jiang’s criminal group has seriously persecuted human rights
and religious groups, democrats, dissidents and petitioners.
They did that in a systematic and massive manner.
Those are extremely serious crimes against humanity."
Chen also commented that Xi may worry that his “dream of
constitutionalism” can shake up the whole regime and
therefore has been wavering in using that “weapon".
Probably the history issue is a less risky “card" for Xi
and he is testing to use it.
Chen Minghui:"The big tigers that fell recently are indeed
from one single group.
However, we have not seen any official report about
the complex connections between them.
It’s still not the time yet.
If those connections are announced to the public,
probably Zeng Qinghong and the final boss Jiang Zemin
will have to be exposed to the public, too."
Commentators said, Beijing as “Capital" of Xi’s group has
been in an odd fight against Shanghai,
the base camp of Jiang Zemin.
However, Jiefang Daily’s open resistance against Xi,
no matter it is an intentional move or not, is exposing
the war between Xi and Jiang to the world.