Three senior Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials from Zhejiang province have recently lost power one after another. Experts say that the internal struggle in the CCP will become more complicated before the 20th Congress of this organization.

Xi Jinping served as Party Secretary of Zhejiang Province from 2002 to 2007. China expert Li Yanming told Chinese Media that Zhejiang is Xi Jinping’s stronghold, and he promoted many Zhejiang officials after he became Communist Party General Secretary. But that does not mean that all officials from Zhejiang are his people.

Li Yanming later said that there are many factors behind the loss of power of these three officials, which evolve around the CCP’s internal complicated struggle. Moreover, the battle among the top leaders will become even more bizarre before the 20th Communist Party Congress, surrounding issues such as Xi Jinping’s re-election.

Among China’s 31 provinces, municipal and autonomous regions, 10 provincial party committee secretaries were replaced last year, with seven out of 10 occurring in October. In addition, 10 new governors had taken office by January 21st.

Li Yanming also said that Xi Jinping had purged a large number of Jiang faction officials and interest groups during his nearly 10 years in power, resulting in a large number of anti-Xi forces in the party.

Here are the three CCP officials and the alleged reasons for losing power. 

The first official is Zhou Jiangyong, 55 years old.

On January 26th, the People’s Daily reported that Zhou Jiangyong, a former member of the Standing Committee of the Zhejiang Provincial Party Committee and former secretary of the Hangzhou Municipal Party Committee, was investigated for collusion with capital and corruption. As a result, Zhou was dismissed from his party membership and public service.

The second one is Xu Liyi, 58 years old.

The investigation team of the State Council of the CCP released a report in January on the investigation of the “July 20th flood disaster” in Henan Province last year. The information admitted for the first time that there were many uncounted deaths relating to the Zhengzhou subway and Jingguang tunnel. The report says that Zhengzhou authorities withheld the number of deaths. Xu Liyi, a member of the Standing Committee of the Henan Provincial Committee and secretary of the Zhengzhou Municipal Committee, is accountable for handling the disaster.

The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection decided to give Xu Liyi internal disciplinary action, demoted him, and opened a case for investigation. Xu Liyi is also the highest-ranking official to be held accountable.

The third one is Wang Yongkang, 59 years old.

Heilongjiang official media, “Heilongjiang Daily,” said that Wang Yongkang was elected deputy director of the Standing Committee of the Heilongjiang Provincial People’s Congress. He was also removed from his position as vice governor of Heilongjiang on January 20th.

It seems Wang Yongkang has been transferred to the same level position but has lost all his power.

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