Xi Jinping Sent Trusted Subordinate to Hong Kong:
Signaling a Purge Within The Liaison Office?
An overseas Chinese media reported from sources at Hong
Kong’s Liaison Office about a secret visit to Hong Kong by
Cai Qi, a trustee of Chinese Communist Party (CCP) President
Cai is deputy chief of the Central National Security
Commission (CNSC) General Office under Xi Xinpping.
The move is believed to be a signal of upcoming personnel
adjustments among the Liaison Office’s leaders.
It also reflects Beijing’s discontent toward Leung Chun-ying.
The news quickly drew attention in Hong Kong.
Let’s look at the report below.
On Feb.10, Boxun news website reported CNSC General
Office deputy chief Cai Qi’s secret visit to Hong Kong.
The report said the move was believed to reflect discontent
of current party leaders toward the Hong Kong executive.
Beijing is directly interfering with staff matters of the Hong
Kong Liaison Office without going through the Organization
Department, HK and Taiwan Affairs Office and State Security
Ministry. It is expected high-level officials will be dismissed.
Hong Kong’s political circles discussed the matter.
Li Wei-ling, host of an Apple Daily online political program,
was told by an anonymous politician that Cai Qi’s bosses
will also visit Hong Kong to collect Hong Kong’s public views.
The source further revealed that, Beijing wants to know
why Hong Kong’s young people have turned against Beijing,
or even support the Hong Kong Independence movement
since the Handover in 1997?
In his Policy Address in January, Leung Chun-ying named
Undergrad, a student journal of Hong Kong University.
He criticized its cover story of February 2014 “Hong Kong
Should Determine Its Own Fate" as promoting independence.
Leung called the article “a signal to be alarmed at".
The same night, Undergrad official responded to Leung’s
comments, stating that Leung’s hostile attitude toward
Hong Kong’s young generation turns the annual policy
address into a platform of denouncing the group.
The journal demanded Leung retract what he said and
stop suppression of civil rights and free speech.
Li Wei-ling commented that, Xi Jinping would not send
Cai Qi to Hong Kong if he agrees with Leung Chun-ying’s
attitude toward Hong Kong’s young people.
Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma just donated 1 billion HKD to
support young people in setting up their own businesses.
The move is believed to be backed by Beijing.
This suggests the current party leaders tend to treat
Hong Kong’s new generation in a more moderate manner.
Xing Tianxing, political commentator, “Wang Qishan said
the anti-corruption campaign is to win public support.
The current CCP leaders know that their governance will
be terminated if they are not supported by the people."
Sin Chung-kai, member of HK Legislative Council, “The
Hong Kong government will possibly put the reform plan
to vote between April and June.
The plan has to be approved by the Hong Kong and Macau
Coordinate Group in the final steps.
It can possibly be reviewed by the CNSC as well.
In my opinion, Cai Qi’s secret visit to Hong Kong is to collect
first-hand information as reference for the CNSC."
Open data show that Cai Qi, 59, was born in Fujian Province.
He worked in Fujian and Zhejiang for a long time, and has
been a subordinate to Xi Jinping for 20 years.
A popular opinion among Hong Kong political circles is that
Beijing was not happy with Leung Chun-ying and the Liaison
Office for their false report of Hong Kong public opinions of
the White Paper after the umbrella movement broke out.
Leung also attempted to shoot Occupy Central activists,.
A serious crime that might have made Xi Jinping
be the scapegoat.
Sin Chung-kai, “Will there be purging moves at the Liaison
Office? I think now this is more likely to happen.
So many incidents occurred during the past year.
It is possible to call the Liaison Office to account.
The Liaison Office do have a strong impact on decisions
although those may be made by the Hong Kong government.
If Beijing wants to hold politicical people responsible, Leung
Chun-ying and Liaison Office heads should be on the list."
Political commentator Xing Tianxing said, Xi Jinping sent
Cai Qi to Hong Kong mostly to know the real situation there,
and have the Liaison Office officers pledge loyalty to Xi.
Xing Tianxing, “Many Liaison office officers have
a background from the CCP’s spying system.
Especially for those infiltrated to Hong Kong in the early
years, most of them are from the State Security Department.
Cai Qi’s visit to Hong Kong serves as a serious warning to
these people: ‘Who is your boss right now?’
The move is clearly a test to their loyalty because Zeng
Qinghong and Jiang Zemin set up the system and planted
their followers within it in Hong Kong."
Some analyst commented that sending Cai Qi to Hong Kong
is the safest way for Xi Jinping to strike at Jiang’s faction.
Xi will make staff changes among the Liaison Office.
Xing Tianxing said, as Xi makes more progress in his anti-
corruption campaign, he will focus more on Hong Kong affairs.
After eliminating Jiang Zemin and Zeng Qinghong’s forces
in Hong Kong, what will Xi Jinping do next?
How will he react to Hong Kong’s situation?
The entire world is waiting to see the answer.