The fleeing of Foxconn employees in Zhengzhou city has brought many crises to Henan province. On November 2, the news on the internet showed that Henan will not only face great difficulties in the future, but the conflict between the local and central governments will also become more acute.
Sound of Hope commented that the spectacular fleeing of Foxconn employees proves that the economy and the “zero-COVID” policy are not compatible. For Zhengzhou and even Henan, the economic role of Foxconn is too important to give it up. But this contrasts with Xi Jinping’s insistence on the “zero-COVID” policy, as he emphasized in the report at the 20th National Congress.
A WeChat group on November 2 revealed that internal sources said the spread of the virus this time in Zhengzhou was more severe than in Shanghai earlier this year. At least 100,000 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19. The Zhengzhou government reported the pandemic situation to the central government, and was asked to continue the lockdown and quickly prepare necessities. It is estimated the city will be locked down in a day or two.
Another conversation further revealed that the regime wanted to lock down the all of Henan province, but the Provincial Party Committee didn’t want to. They wanted to implement pandemic restrictions in only the most severe places, because the economy is about to collapse.
According to Sound of Hope, recently, some netizens said their relatives in the Henan government said that they are bankrupt, and the real estate sector had completely collapsed. Domestic and foreign capital had been taken out of Henan to other provinces or abroad and Foxconn will withdraw from Henan by June next year. Benefits, performance bonuses, and allowances for their relatives working in the government have all been cut, and the government still owes a few months’ wages. Although there has been no reduction in basic staff, excess personnel has been cut, except for the armed police and police who are recruiting. Their relatives are very worried about what will happen next.
Currently, the economy of Henan has drastically declined, continuing “zero-COVID” may soon make it completely collapse. This may be why Henan wants to lift the lockdown, but now it has become a political issue, the central government can hardly allow Henan to ”lie flat.”
Therefore, according to Sound of Hope, some argue that the split between central and local governments may have started in Zhengzhou, Henan. Xi is surrounded by flatterers, which will only spur him to make bad decisions and hasten the separation of central government policy from reality. This will cause a rift between local and central governments. The end of the Tang, Song, Yuan, and Ming dynasties were all the same. The First Sino-Japanese War brought an end to the Qing Dynasty, but the report to the emperor was that it was a great victory. This kind of split eventually led to the government’s order that no one could leave Zhongnanhai, the central government compound, and sooner or later the central government would lose complete control over local governments.
In this confrontation, if the people also rise up, the CCP can collapse with unimaginable speed. Chinese American lawyer Gao Guangjun said in a recent interview with VOA that he believed the CCP’s totalitarianism can be overthrown, not because of the economy, but because of social injustice, social unrest, and government wrongdoing. After all, no one knows what will trigger it, because revolutions are always random events, like the Xinhai Revolution of 1911. No one expected that an uprising by a few soldiers would cause the downfall of the Qing Dynasty. And more recently in communist Romania, no one would have thought that some people shouting when Nicolae Ceausescu – former president of Romania spoke, that would bring the downfall of the entire Communist Party of Romania.