采访/陈汉 编辑/宋风 后制/周天
Sichuan Oil Gang Arrested – Is Zhou Yongkang Next?
Recently, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leader
Xi Jinping was rumored to sack former Politburo Standing
Committee member Zhou Yongkang, as reported by media
both at home and abroad.
Suddenly, with the opening of the Third Plenary Session,
all went silent.
Recently, the “sack Zhou Yongkang" has once again
surfaced due to the arrest of a Sichuan businessman,
and members of Zhou’s oil gang.
As the Third Plenum has just come to an end, the CCP
mouthpiece Xinhua reported that:
Sichuan Chengdu Hi-tech (CDHT) Investment Group
Chairman Ping Xing has been transferred to judicial organs
for alleged crimes.
The CDHT investment has total assets of about 33 billion
yuan and capital of about 11 billion.
March 2003, Ping Xing was appointed CDHT general manager
while he was also the Regulatory Commission leader of the
national high-tech industrial development zone in Chengdu.
Until last year, CDHT had increased its registered capital to
11 billion yuan from the original 300 million yuan.
The vast majority of this rapid growth came from Chengdu
It is suspected to be related to Li Chuncheng, the Chengdu
Mayor as well as the party secretary of Chengdu.
CDHT investments were found to be closely related to
the Chairman of Guoteng Industrial Group, He Yan,
who is also being interrogated.
Informed sources have alleged that He Yan has a close
relationship with the already sacked former Vice Governor of
Sichuan Province, Guo Yongxiang.
Both Li Chuncheng and Guo Yongxiang have been alleged to
be involved in cases of nine other Sichuan businessmen.
Guo Yongxiang had long served as secretary for
Li Chuncheng was also believed to be associated with
Zhou Yongkang, who was once the Party Secretary of Sichuan.
The authorities are also taking action on the oil gang.
The former Chairman of PetroChina, Jiang Jiemin,
has been arrested.
PetroChina’s Indonesian General Manager Wei Zhigang
was also taken away by the authorities.
Informed sources said that Wei Zhigang’s specialty as the
chief of PetroChina in Indonesia was to resell crude oil
on the high seas.
He sold the crude oil obtained through high-priced acquisition
at low price to Hong Kong United Energy Group Company
owner Zhang Hongwei,
who would in return pay huge kickbacks to Zhou Bin, the son
of Zhou Yongkang, and former and current PetroChina leaders
such as Jiang Jiemin, Huang Yan , Zhang Hong.
Hong Kong media Apple Daily revealed that Jiang Jiemin
manipulated his power in PetroChina
to transfer funds to Zhou Yongkang’s family members
billions of U.S. dollars through overseas oilfield equipment
A large sum of money was kept in a Swiss bank.
Jiang Jiemin also sold the Liaohe Oilfield worth 300 billion
yuan at only 10 million yuan to Zhou Bin, Zhou Yongkang’s son.
Hong Kong newspaper, The Sun, recently reported that 11
sub-provincial or higher level officials,
and hundreds of department-level officials have been sacked
in the past 7 to 8 months.
It is reported that the CCP inner-party struggle will not stop
at the provincial level.
It seemed that a big shot, or a retired Politburo Standing
Committee member is being pointed at.
Commentator Li Shanjian believes Xi Jinping has collected
enough evidence on Zhou Yongkang’s alleged corruption cases.
Li Shanjian, commentator: “The allegations will focus on the
finances and corruption, even though Zhou Yongkang’s biggest
crime is far more than cases of corruption."
Last year, media at the U.S. have alleged Zhou Yongkang
and former Chongqing Party Secretary Bo Xilai’s involvement
in the coup plot and live organ harvesting from Falun Gong
practitioners after the Wang Lijun incident.
In fact, Zhou Yongkang led the stability maintenance with
bloody violence, in which he spent more than the military
budget, and intensified the conflict between officialdom
and the general public.
In a speech at the British Parliament, the blind human rights
lawyer Chen Guangcheng indicated that last year there were
a total of 240,000 human rights defending riots in China.
Lan Su, commentator: “In these circumstances, there are
A person like Zhou Yongkang who has committed so many
heinous crimes, whose hands are stained with the blood
of the people, and is hated by everyone,
is the most suitable scapegoat."
Commentator Li Shanjian explains that from another
perspective, history is leaving little time for Xi Jinping.
He needs to make a choice, as soon as possible,
between the CCP and China.
Interview/ChenHan Edit/SongFeng Post-Production/ZhouTian