Within the past few days, among many senior provincial and ministerial officials investigated and dealt with were included members of the Xi faction. 

On June 9, political journalist Chen Pokong analyzed that Xi Jinping’s side was not responsible for targeting all the fallen officials, as some were Xi’s men. This indicates that anti-Xi forces have begun to act, highlighting the CCP’s fractious internal politics ahead of the 20th National Congress.

According to the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, on June 1, Chen Rugui, deputy director of the Guangdong Provincial Peoples Congress, was under disciplinary review and supervision investigation.

When Xi Jinping was at the height of his authority in 2017, Rugui was chosen as mayor of Shenzhen. While not a member of Xi’s army, he has the potential.

Pokong believes that Shenzhen is significant to China as it is China’s first special economic zone and is also close to Hong Kong. Hence, it is an important place for military strategists.

Another high-ranking official at Xi Jinping’s pinnacle was recently probed and punished. Former Jiangsu provincial deputy secretary Zhang Jinghua was put on probation, expelled from the party, and barred from holding public office.

According to Chen Pokong, falsifying economic data and illegally interfering in market economic activity are highly unusual in Chinese politics among the list of Zhang’s crimes. 

It’s the first time such a crime has been reported in the Chinese regime’s circles, indicating that this action style is not from Xi.

Li Keqiang has a history of opposing the falsification of economic data. 

According to U.S. diplomatic cables revealed by WikiLeaks, Li Keqiang was the secretary of Liaoning Province in 2007. At a dinner party, he told the U.S.–China Ambassador Clark T. Randt Jr. that China’s GDP figure is man-made, so it’s not very reliable.

Moreover, on the three days between May 31 and June 2, several senior officials at the provincial and ministerial levels were probed and punished. Most of them were sacked for bribery and insider trading allegations.

In this regard, Zhuge Mingyang, an independent writer, told Da Ji Yuan during an interview that corruption is one of China’s characteristics, so fighting corruption is merely an excuse to eliminate political rivals. 

The recent cases of some members of China’s politics have revealed its violent infighting leading up to the CCP’s 20th National Congress.

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