Zhu Rongji’s Speeches Affect Zhongnanhai Power Struggle
The newly published book “Zhu Rongji’s Speeches" arouses
controversy over this ex-premier’s contributions and faults.
The controversy focuses on the aspects covering fiscal
reform, state-owned enterprise reform, housing reform
and industrialization of education and health care.
The book launch coincided with Jiang Zemin’s critical
condition and on the eve of the upcoming 6th plenary meeting
of the 17th session of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
News from Beijing revealed that Zhu’s new book will
affect the power struggle in Zhongnanhai.
Zhu Rongji’s Speeches includes Zhu’s speech back in 1993.
Zhu warned, “Exceedingly large investments will probably
lead to serious inflation." In 2003, at the plenary meetings
of CCP’s State Council that Zhu hosted for the last time,
he criticized the grandiose work style and said,
“China’s economic bubble has been formed,
overinflated real estate is too risky. “
However, many experts believe the tax distribution system
Zhu Rongji launched is in essence
authoritarian finance centralization.
It caused weakness of local government
finance and high housing costs.
Local governments rely heavily on profits from land,
directly pushing up the house prices.
Cao’an Jushi (political and economic commentator):
“Both land-sale finance and land-based finance began in
the era of Zhu Rongji.
Zhu was aware of the real estate issue, but in order to
maintain the CCP’s ruling, he condoned the matter entirely.
Zhu himself is two-faced. His is willing to promote reform,
but on the other hand, he is a diehard system defender.
Hu Ping, Editor-in-Chief of Beijing Spring Magazine,
points out that Zhu Rongji vigorously promoted reform of
causing lay-offs for tens of millions of workers.
The influential CCP officials seized such an opportunity.
They appropriated the property that
belonged to the people, embezzled public property.
This is an unprecedentedly large robbery.
Zhu Yunlai, son of Zhu Rongji, arranged acquisition of
China International Capital Corporation (CICC) in 1990’s.
Zhu Yunlai is the current Chairman of CICC. In 2004,
he was selected by the U.S. Fortune Magazine
as one of Asia’s most influential business leaders.
Zhu’s daughter Zhu Yanlai is the current General Manager
of Planning and Development Department at
Bank of China (Hong Kong).
When Zhu Rongji personally intervened in the Yuan Hua
Smuggling Case, his henchman Zhu Xiaohua,
ex-chairman of China Everbright Group, was exposed.
Sheng Xue, author of the book Unvealing the Yuanhua Case,
pointed out that two cases end up with a political exchange.
Zhu Xiaohua was left alive, and Jia Qinglin entered
the CCP’s Politburo.
Cheung Wai Kwok (editor-in-chief,
Trend magazine, Hong Kong):
“The CCP regime is a big meat grinder machine. Whoever
joins the CCP will be assimilated into such an evil machine.
Zhu is a typical example. His family members’ social status
forms a sharp contrast with his remarks.
When he came to power, he said matter-of-factly that
he had prepared 100 coffins and was ready to roll minefield."
Cheung believes that the era of Zhu Rongji is
the period of worst corruption in the Chinese history.
Zhu cannot shirk responsibility for many social problems,
such as intensified conflicts between officials and civilians,
as well as the increasing polarization between rich and poor.
On April 25, 1999, 10,000 Falun Dafa practitioners made
a peaceful appeal to the CCP’s government.
Zhu Rongji resolved the issue through dialogue and
did not support repression. His action received wide praise.
However, after Jiang Zemin launched the persecution of
Falun Dafa practitioners,
Zhu repeatedly vilified and declared severe
punishment to Falun Dafa practitioners.
Zhu Rongji’s Speeches (Volume IV) reveals that
Zhu even told Mary McAleese, president of Ireland,
“You only need to know about three things in China:
The 1st is human rights, the 2nd,Tibet,
and the 3rd, Falun Dafa.‘
In Volume IV, Zhu wrote that he
“never lost faith in communism."
On Sept. 8, Southern Weekend published Zhu’s two articles.
One article entitled “If the current government is considered
good and nice, we are sorry for the people."
However, this page was removed from the newspapers
in newspaper stands in Beijing.
Boxun.com revealed on Sept. 11 that an official from
the General Office of CCP State Council wrote a letter
saying that as the CCP’s
18th National Congress approaches,
the high profile launch of Zhu Rongji’s Speeches
during a time when Jiang Zemin is unable to speak
is not a good timing for Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao.
Some officials even think that Zhu Rongji also wants to
place several confidants in the CCP’s 18th National
Congress during the personnel changes
to secure the power of Zhu’s family in the next decade.
Cao’an Jushi: “Zhu Rongji launched this book on the eve
of CCP’s 18th Congress. This is sensitive timing. China has
arrived at a very critical moment for its politics and economy.
In terms of economy, China is facing an economic crisis.
Politically, the CCP regime has lost its strongman rule.
So, at this moment of its leadership succession,
all factions and all forces of the CCP will come out and play."
Reuters report that the publishing of Zhu Rongji’s Speeches
defends Zhu himself, also the speech is regarded as
an indirect criticism of the CCP before its leadership
reshuffle in the next year.
The book causes confusion in political circles.
NTD reporters Chang Chun, Li Yuanhan and Zhou Tian.