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Politics and Law Committee Secretaries in Shandong and other Provinces Step Down
Just before the 18th CCP Congress, a new round of
appointing of provincial standing committee members is now being carried out.
Following Guangdong, Shanghai and Chongqing, Shandong
Politics and Law Committee (PLC) secretary Bai Jimin also
stepped down and was transferred to be Vice Chief of
Shandong People’s Congress.
Outsiders remarked that, the Politics and Law system had
a very bad reputation all over China and its head Zhong Yongkang
would probably be kicked out of the Politburo Standing
Committee after the 18th CCP Congress.
Some Chinese believe that, if only the PLC system not
the whole CCP regime were eliminated,
there would be similar agencies which would continue
to suppress the ordinary people.
On May 29th, Shandong made its regular “reelection” of
provincial standing committee members.
Four CCP officials including Liu Wei and Bai Jimin stepped
down from the committee.
Bai Jimin, the former Shandong PLC secretary, was
appointed Vice Chief of the Provincial People’s Congress as his new position.
It was not officially mentioned why Bai failed to stay
in the provincial standing committee despite the fact that he is only 58 years old.
Some media earlier revealed that, the illegal house arrest
and torture of the blind activist Chen Guangcheng by the
local government of Linyi, was directly commanded by
Bai Jimin and chief of Public Security Department Wu Pengfei.
Therefore, some speculated that Bai Jimin’s position change
was closely related to Chen the Guangcheng incident.
Political commentator Wu Fan noted that, although Bai’s
real power at hand decreased, he only changed to a new position at the same level.
(Wu Fan, Political commentator) says: ”It’s hard to tell
whether there was any beforehand plan behind his reappointment.
After all, a lot of officials of Shandong PLC have been involved
in the Chen Guangcheng incident.
How will the CCP deal with that?
I can’t see any easy solution.”
On the same day, Guangdong also announced through media
that, the former provincial PLC secretary Liang Weifa
stepped down and was replaced with the current
vice secretary of the provincial committee Zhu Mingguo.
In addition, the PLC secretaries in Beijing, Zhejiang,
Qinghai and Inner Mongolia were also replaced with the current vice secretaries of provincial committees.
(Wu Fan, Political commentator) says: “Although those PLC
secretaries stepped down, the new strategy is probably that
several officials from the provincial standing committee
become responsible for managing their subordinates in another agency.
I believe that the CCP will still create another agency
which functions similarly to the PLC, maybe under the same name or maybe not.
The administration tier of this agency might be reduced by
half a level or so, but the CCP has to find someone to be in charge of the job.”
Overseas Chinese scholar Chen Pokong remarked that,
the Politics and Law system was essentially a stability maintenance system;
but now this agency has earned
a very bad reputation all over China.
(Chen Pokong, Political commentator) says: ”The CCP leader
group now wants to keep watch on the PLC’s abuse of power.
The whole agency now has a very bad reputation nationally,
especially because they continuously increase
the costs of stability maintenance, continuously grab money
by corruption and have been doing all possible evil .
Being such an infamous agency, its power will probably
be cut in the future.”
On May 26th, many articles about “dismissing the PLC”
appeared on baidu.com, a Chinese website search engine.
An item called “Is it possible to abolish the Political and
Law system from government body?” was also created on zhidao.baidu.com.
Wu Fan further remarked that, the CCP were facing real
challenges from Chinese civilians;
but if the Political and Law system was kept , only replacing
its head with another person, the suppression of ordinary people would not stop.