He Guoqiang Delivers Message for Forthcoming 18th National Congress by Announcing Anti-Corruption Policy.
He Guoqiang is a member of the Chinese Communist
Party (CCP) Politburo Standing Committee.
He is also secretary of CCP Central Discipline Commission.
A few days ago, he talked about new
anti-corruption policies during a meeting.
What were the details of this meeting? Let’s see the report.
According to Chinese state media, He Guoqiang participated
in a so-called 『anti-corruption system achievement meeting』,
in which he gave a speech.
He Guoqiang emphasized that the “CCP will
make arrangements for the present and future during the CCP 18th National Congress.
It will also deploy tasks to perfect the construction
of an anti-corruption system, which is focusing on punishment and prevention of corruption.”
As secretary of the CCP Central Discipline Commission,
it’s not special that He Guoqiang spoke about anti-corruption.
But now is a sensitive period
before the 18th National Congress.
His speech has special meaning, but
what is the special meaning then?
Zhang Tianliang, current affairs commentator,
and professor from U.S. George Mason University,
analyzed that He Guoqiang’s anti-corruption speech
before the 18th National Congress has two meanings.
One is that Hu Jintao has decided to deal with Bo Xilai.
The other is that the Bo Xilai case may
be handled as an economic case.
Zhang Tianliang: “He Guoqiang is the secretary
of CCP Central Discipline Commission.
It is He Guoqiang who has been dealing with the
Bo Xilai’s case. He has a large conflict with Bo Xilai.
When Bo Xilai took the position of CCP Chongqing
secretary, Bo deposed of many of He Guoqiang’s friends.
Bo collected a lot of black material on He Guoqiang,
so He Quoqiang wants to revenge."
A few days before, when Gu Kailai was given a suspended
death sentence, a lot of media and analysts estimated
that the CCP authorities will handle the case
of Bo Xilai before 18th National Congress.
Zhang Tianliang: “Hu Jintao should have
been determined to deal with Bo Xilai.
If Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao are not in the positions
of general secretary or prime minister,
it will be very difficult for them to take action with
the Bo Xilai case.
So, I think they need to have a result
before the 18th National Congress.
From the point view of Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang, they also
want Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao to deal with Bo’s case.”
Liu Yinquan, former professor of history thinks that
He Guoqiang’s new anti-corruption policy shows he has the same opinion as Wang Yang.
On May 9, during the CCP 11th Congress of Guangdong
Province, Wang Yang, CCP secretary in Guangdong,
urged to strengthen monitoring of CCP leaders,
especially of secretaries.
He also asked for the leaders to claim their personal assets.
On May 13, Wang Yang gave a speech after
he was pointed for another term as secretary.
Wang stated to, “Always act with integrity
for the people, and condemn abuse of power.
Our power is given by the people, and
can only be used to benefit the people.”
Liu Yinquan: “At this point, He Guoqiang speaking
in high-profile about anti-corruption is good.
It is also good for Wang Yang to enter the Politburo
Standing Committee, as well as take the position of secretary of the CCP Central Discipline Commission.
It shows that Wang Yang and He Guoqiang
are on the same page for this issue.
We can say that He Guoqiang has agreed
that Wang Yang can take this position.”
Reuters quoted that Lin Heli,
a Hong Kong political commentator.
People believe that Wang Yang will be the next Wen Jiabao,
because he is a liberal figure within the CCP Politburo.
Liu Yinquan also thinks that He Guoqiang’s
speech is a direction that he has given during the 18th National Congress, before leaving.
However, Hong Kong’s Ming Pao commented that,
no matter how high He Guoqiang aspires in his speech,
it cannot hide the fact that corruption in the CCP
is getting worse and worse.
The commentary also emphasized that big words
and cliches are too much for people to listen to.
Shi Da, a current affair’s commentator, also said that
corruption is already a working model for CCP officials.
A real non-corrupt official will not stay in his position
because the others will not trust his integrity. This is the CCP』s dictatorship.
Shi Da: “CCP corrupt officials are everywhere in China.
We can say corrupt officials are the basis of the CCP.
Only corrupt officials can sacrifice their lives for the CCP.
So, there’s more corruption, there’s worse corruption.”
Shi Da thinks that anti-corruption
for the CCP is just a show to fool people.
It made people feel that there is hope with the CCP,
but this hope is not a real one. It is an illusion.