採訪/陳漢 編輯/王子琦 後製/孫寧
The CCP Keeps on Dealing with “Major Cases,” May Deal With Liu Zhijun’s Case in Sept.
This year, the most important political action of the Chinese
Communist Party (CCP) is the 18th National Congress.
But since the first half of this year,
the CCP has had nonstop scandals.
Besides several major cases being handled
one after another, it’s said that
the case of Liu Zhijun, China’s former Minister of Railways,
may be dealt with this September, and his case is causing a sensation.
But are these so-called “major cases” actually the weapons
of each of the CCP』s factions used for their power struggles?
Are they the “bombs” used to protect the CCP’s regime?
Let’s see the report.
Lai Changxing’s case, Wu Ying’s case, Gu Kailai’s case…
In this year, the “major cases”, and “serious cases"
has being tried one after another.
On August 22, the 21st Century Business Herald quoted
the so-called “sources close to Liu Zhijun’s case" saying that
Liu Zhijun』s case, a major case of the Ministry of Railways
(MOR), may go to trial at an Intermediate People’s Court in a city of Liaoning Province in September.
The report said that the investigation is almost finished,
and the defense lawyer also been assigned.
Soon after Liu Zhijun’s case, Ding Shumiao, a Shanxi
businesswoman, and Zhang Shuguang,
the former director of MOR transportation bureau
may also soon be separately tried.
Chinese media reported before that Liu Zhijun’s corruption
had involved more than 2 billion RMB ($314 million).
And when Liu was the Minister,
the debt of the MOR was over 1 trillion RMB.
Lan Shu, a current affairs’ commentator:
“This year, the CCP has continuously had scandal.
Now the 18th National Congress will soon be held,
and before the CCP’s power changing process begins
it is dealing with all unstable factors that
might impact the power changeover.”
From Lai Changxing’s case to Liu Zhijun’s case,
all the major cases this year were considered
to be related to Jiang Zemin’s faction.
The outside world thought Liu Zhijun was promoted
by Jiang Zemin.
It was reported that when Jiang was in power,
he liked visiting cities by a dedicated train.
And Liu Zhijun accompanied him during all of the train trips,
and took care of him as a servant.
However, the China Economic Net reported on August 3 that
MOR distributed an internal report which said that
Liu Zhijun has “six big problems,” which included his helping
Ding Shumiao win a 3 billion RMB ($472 million) project,
he knew Ding’s company collected 10 million RMB ($1.57 million)
from the engineering companies as a sponsorship fee.
The report also said that he had affairs with many women.
Zhang Xinyu, founder of the Global Freedom of Information
Campaign: “I think that it’s the fighting of two factions.
The current cases are focusing on the people
who were active when Jiang Zimin was in power,
which include Lai Changxing, Liu Zhijun, and so on.
Even Bo Xilai belongs to Jiang’s faction.
There are two possible ends.
One is factions keep on fighting, while the other is that the
4th generation of the CCP’s leadership clean out all these trash and garbage.”
However, Lan Shu, a current affairs’ commentator feels that
the methods the CCP uses for resolving these cases
still don’t break from the ideas for maintaining the CCP’s
stability and maintaining the CCP’s privilege.
Lan Shu: “The CCP’s solution for these cases are following
one method which is minimizing the big issues,
and reducing the impact of the small issues to nothing.
It avoids unveiling its most penetrating and darkest secrets.
Until now, we haven’t see the clue
that the CCP wants to change its political system.”
Besides corruption, Liu Zhijun is also suspected to be
covering up many crimes, and has tried to release criminals from prison through his connections.
His case had a big impact on China Railway’s construction
and even the whole Chinese economy.
In May 2012, with the approval of the CCP politburo,
the CCP Central Discipline Commission dismissed Liu Zhijun’s CCP membership.
The Hong Kong newspaper Ming Pao quoted Wang Youjin,
a Hong Kong legal scholar, as saying that
the CCP hopes to deal with the scandals and important cases
before the 18th National Congress to establish a so-called “new prestige” for the new leaders.
Some commentators thought the CCP wants to move “bombs.”
Lan Shu: “The biggest issue of this so-called shift is that
it doesn’t consider the people』s opinion,
doesn’t face the most urgent requirements of the people,
and doesn’t respond to the most intense dissatisfaction of
the Chinese society with the CCP’s political system.
So, I say no matter whether it’s moving so-called ‘bombs’,
or any other terms that describe the CCP’s actions,
the CCP can’t solve the deepest conflict of Chinese society
which is the conflict between the people and the party.”
Now, great focused is placed on the cases of Bo Xilai and
Wang Lijun, yet there hasn’t been any further news.
The outside world is curious that whether “Bo-Wang Case”
will be the next major case being tried.