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Army Newspaper: Tiger Behind Zhou Yongkang will be Hunted Down
After the downfall of Xu Caihou and other former military “tigers",
the CCP’s “tiger hunting" spread to all military academies,
Xi Jinping’s faction has taken more intensive action against
Jiang Zemin’s faction.
Recently, the CCP army newspaper published a
commentary article, believed to be a strong sign
of the clash between the two factions.
On 17 Dec, the CCP “People’s Liberation Army Daily"
published a commentary article titled
“Anti-corruption is a battle of life and death and can not
The article analyzed and refuted two points of view,
“Anti-corruption will lose people’s support" and
“Can anti-corruption be continued".
It claimed that “It should end here" is just an illusion,
“have a tiger by the tail” is a misjudgment.
The article uses many harsh phrases such as “will not be
tolerated" and “eliminate all evilness" to respond to
the doubts of “whether anti-corruption can be continued".
It also highlighted, “Even big ‘tigers’ such as Zhou Yongkang,
and Xu Caihou have been hunted down, nobody will be spared."
It makes the outside world really wonder who the
army newspaper is referring to.
Some people believe that it may be Xi Jinping’s biggest
rival in the faction clash, Jiang Zemin.
Affairs commentator, Xia Xiaoqiang: “After the Fourth
Plenary Session, Xi Jinping accelerated the crackdown on
the Jiang faction."
“Especially after the announcement of the arrest of Xu Caihou
and Zhou Yongkang, the army newspaper
continuously published articles, with Xu Caihou upgraded from
“traitor" to “national demon".
“Army newspaper’s tone has been rising, even the
‘big tigers’ are hunted down, who else can be spared?"
“This sends a clear message, both Xu Caihou and Zhou
Yongkang are ‘big tigers’, and they are supported by
Jiang Zemin, such an argument points directly to Jiang."
Another speculation is that the article is alluding to another
General of the Jiang faction, Guo Boxiong,
who is a former vice chairman of Central Military Commission.
Overseas media observed that the credible Weixin account of
“Political Observer" had reports on Guo Boxiong.
The “Phoenix Weekly" recently had a report that revealed
the inside story of Gu Junshan’s corruption, it indirectly
mentioned that Guo Boxiong may be involved.
So it is natural for the outside world to relate the article
in the “People’s Liberation Army Daily" to Guo Bixong.
In addition, the article also pointed out “the confrontation
of corruption and anti-corruption was at stalemate",
it has reached a critical time and juncture that determines
success or failure.
Deepening anti-corruption will inevitably encounter
various obstructions and rebounds.
However, the article highlighted “there is no turning back",
and this is a “desperate battle".
In this regard, analysts believe that this article conveys the
attitude of Xi Jinping, categorically denying the possibility of
compromise in this power struggle.
Xia Xiaoqiang: “The army newspaper uses such clear and
strong words now, it releases two messages."
“One is Xi Jinping has encountered resistance from Jiang
faction after the downfall of Zhou Yongkang and Xu Caihou,
hence the article stated ‘we can not back down or lose
in this desperate battle’."
“The other is, Xi Jinping has sent a signal of the final decisive
showdown to the Jiang faction, via the army newspaper articles,
he also uses the military to warn and deter Jiang Zemin.
Since the CCP 18th National Congress, Xi Jinping took a series
of actions in national defense and military construction,
and quickly gained control of the military.
Then began the large scale “anti-corruption" operation.
Therefore, it is believed that the military is the backup force
of Xi Jinping’s “anti-corruption" and “tiger hunting", as well as
an important force in eliminating the Jiang faction.
Some analysts believe, the army newspaper voice for
Xi Jinping with such a clear stand, proves Xi’s control over
the military is quite secure.
Xia Xiaoqiang: “After Jiang Zemin obtained supreme
power in the CCP after the June Fourth Incident,
he began to ‘turn left’, and changed Deng Xiaoping’s
Chinese economic reform policy."
“On Jan. 1992, Deng Xiaoping began his southern tour, and
warned Jiang Zemin ‘people who stop reform would
be stepped down’."
“As Deng controlled the actual military power, the military
newspaper immediately issued the editorial
‘escorting Chinese economic reform’, and Jiang Zemin
immediately changed his attitude."
Insiders have revealed to the media, that the military
is the key to whether anti-corruption can continue.
So, “tiger hunting" in the military became the most important
fight in the desperate battle between Xi and Jiang factions.
In Nov. this year, during Xi Jinping’s state visit to Australia,
New Zealand and Fiji, it is reported that at least
eight generals in the CCP military were arrested.
Subsequently, it is reported that Major General Song Yuwen,
deputy political commissar of Jilin Military, and
Mafa Xiang, deputy political commissar of the Navy,
Recently, the “anti-corruption" operation has spread to all
After the Vice President of Nanjing Institute of Politics,
Dai Weimin was taken in for questioning,
the newly appointed director of the political department,
Colonel Ma Xiangdong shared the same fate in early Dec.
Earlier, Major General Gao Xiaoyan, the Political Commissar
and Discipline Inspection Secretary of the PLA Information
Engineering University had also been taken in for questioning.
She became the first female general to be investigated after
the 18th National Congress.
Those actions were regarded as the proof that
Xi Jinping is eliminating the last remnants of Jiang Zemin
in the military."
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