When Jiang Zemin passed away, Xi Jinping, his greatest political rival, attended his funeral and read a eulogy for him.
According to NTDTV, Jiang’s body was transported by plane from Shanghai to Beijing in a transparent coffin.
When being offloaded from the plane, Jiang’s body was exposed to direct sunlight.
According to one belief from traditional Chinese culture, if the deceased’s body is exposed to the sun, it is considered an extremely severe punishment. It is believed the soul of the dead person will be scattered and can never be reborn.
After Jiang’s funeral, officials in Shanghai, Jiangsu, Sichuan, Guangzhou, Wuxi, Shenzhen, and elsewhere held meetings, in turn, to convey the “lessons” from Xi’s eulogy. All have expressed the need to unite more closely around Xi.
NTDTV cited CCP’s media reporting that Chen Jining, the newly appointed Shanghai Municipal Party Secretary, announced at the meeting that he would be loyal to the team led by Xi, supporting the line outlined by Xi.
Wu Zhenglong, Secretary of the Jiangsu Provincial Party Committee, and Du Xiaogang, Secretary of the Wuxi Municipal Party Committee, expressed that mourning Jiang should be turned into practical actions to realize the spirit of the CCP’s 20th Congress.
It is worth noting that Xi has absolute control over CCP’s 20th Congress, from personnel to CCP’s major undertakings, which created the so-called “spirit” of the Congress.
According to commentator Yokogawa, after Jiang’s death, many people gravitated toward Xi, showing allegiance to the leader of the CCP.
Although Jiang, the leader of the faction that once threatened Xi’s life and leadership position, no longer exists, Jiang’s followers are still very strong.
According to billionaire Guo Wengui, Jiang’s family is said to be the richest in the world, with a fortune of up to trillions of dollars obtained through corruption. Jiang met his maker, but Jiang’s descendants still control a huge fortune that can be used for political influence.
Jiang’s henchmen, who served as CCP Politburo Standing Committee members such as Zeng Qinghong, Jia Qing Lin, Luo Gang, and so on, are still alive and very wealthy.
Billionaires who are said to be close to the Jiang family, such as Jack Ma, Hui Ka Yan, Li Ka Shing, and so on, are still very influential.
Thus, it can be seen that the biggest battle between Xi and the remnants of Jiang’s faction has not yet taken place.