Recently, an English-language book “China Duel” written by Yang Xiang was published in the United States. The book disclosed the real coup of Zhou Yongkang and Bo Xilai in the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in 2012.

The Voice of America (VOA) reports Yang Xiang’s parents hold important military and governmental roles. His family is good friends with the Bo Xilai family. He and his father took part in the ‘coup’ that Zhou Yongkang and others planned.

According to Yang Xiang, the book “China Duel” details many inside stories regarding the CCP’s internal struggle and political structure.

The CCP experienced an exciting takeover attempt in March 2012. Hu Jintao, Chinese General Secretary at the time, personally dispatched the army to surround the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission, where Zhou Yongkang, the secretary of the Public Security Commission at the time, was located. 

According to the book, Chen Haosu (son of China’s Former Foreign Minister Chen and He Guangye (son of Former Vice Chairperson of Chinese Political Consultative Conference He Changgong) urged Zhou Yongkang to send troops to Zhongnanhai without a second thought in the Political and Legal Committee building. At the time, Zhou had 800,000 armed police forces. 

Chen Haosu and He Guangye had been preparing to “capture Zhongnanhai.” with the help of Zhou Yongkang, a leading member of the Standing Committee of China’s Congress at the time. However, as soon as the rumors leaked, Hu Jintao grasped the trend through Zhou’s internal response and began to attack first.

On March 19, 2012, Hu Jintao ordered the 113th Division to assemble in Beijing and surround the building of the Political and Legal Committee. But, again, the 8th Air Corps played a coordinating role and held air dominance over Beijing.

Trapped in the Political and Legal Committee Building, Zhou Yongkang finally had to ask Jiang Zemin for help. Jiang interceded with Hu Jintao on his behalf, and Hu stopped his command. 

Zhou Yongkang was arrested in 2014 after being fired from his position and was then taken to Qincheng Prison. 

According to the book, Chen Haosu, He Guangye, and Bo Xilai planned the “coup,” but the Wang Lijun incident that broke out in the middle derailed the initial scheme.

On February 6, 2012, Wang Lijun, then Deputy Mayor of the Chongqing Security Bureau, and Bo Xilai, then secretary of the Chongqing Municipal Party Committee, turned against each other. With many CCP inside secrets, Wang Lijun fled to the U.S. consulate in Chengdu. The next evening, Bo Xilai assigned 70 police vehicles to surround the U.S. consulate. 

On March 15, 2012, the CCP authorities announced Bo Xilai’s dismissal from office. 

In September 2012, Wang Lijun was sentenced to 15 years in the first instance for favoritism, defection, abuse of power, and bribery.

The book also stated that Li Runtian, the former deputy director of the Central Security Bureau, was Bo Xilai’s internal adviser and was fired following the Wang Lijun incident.

According to a document Chen Haosu obtained from Chongqing, Zhou Yongkang and Bo Xilai “conspired to usurp power.” 

In conclusion, the book ‘China Dual’ reveals the chaos and the power struggle inside CCP.

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