In response to the economic downturn and the “White Paper Movement,” the Chinese government hastily lifted the lockdown and ended the “zero-COVID” policy.

But unexpectedly, on the night of December 12, student protests broke out at six universities. Other crises are also approaching China.

The universities that erupted in protests on December 12 are located in Fujian, Jiangxi, Jiangsu, Sichuan, and Yunnan. The reasons for the protests are different.

For example, graduates from Jiangxi Medical College of Nanchang University and students of Nanjing Medical University both asked to be paid fair internship salaries and opposed unfair treatment.

Students of Fuzhou University protested the school’s change in plans to send students home. Graduates of Xuzhou Medical University protested because they were sent to the front line to treat COVID-19-positive patients but did not receive the necessary protective equipment.

Wu Guoguang, a senior researcher at Stanford University, USA, told VOA on November 28 that the most significant meaning of the “White Paper Movement” so far is the Chinese people have overcome their fear and are standing up bravely.

VOA on December 13 released a list that, in addition to the pandemic prevention policy and White Paper Movement, in politics, Xi Jinping also faces the risk of successor and succession troubles, as well as the Taiwan issue.

Cheng Xiaonong, an expert on Chinese affairs, analyzed that Xi Jinping did not dare to train a successor: “Because his current position was already in a situation where ‘after the glare, the scolding came,’ so he couldn’t let go nor train a successor. Any successor can overthrow the government after Xi’s death. This successor can also kick Xi Jinping into the mud.”

Regarding the situation, Neil Thomas, senior analyst for China and Northeast Asian affairs at global political risk consultancy Eurasia Group, said that Xi Jinping plans to rule until he can no longer do so. “The issue of Xi Jinping’s political succession is now a huge risk for China. We know it’s going to happen, we know it’s going to be a big problem, but we don’t know when and how it’s going to happen.”

China is currently facing profound social conflicts, increasingly acute internal disputes, and the constant defense and antagonism of the international community. Analysts think Xi Jinping will likely have many troubles in the face of this explosive situation.

For example, Cheng Xiaonong analyzes that Xi Jinping has become a “lone person” within the CCP, “more than 1 million officials have been punished, and most importantly, the officials have now been cut off from their sources of wealth. Originally, every official had a goal, how much money he must earn in this life, move to some foreign country, do the US green card, buy a house, just enjoy happiness in old age, these are all their goals. Now this goal has been completely destroyed by Xi Jinping, so not only a few million, but tens of millions of people, even the elite in the Party are grinding their teeth. Therefore, according to this interpretation, Xi Jinping is a loner in the institution.”

Song Yongyi, a China affairs expert and retired professor at California State University, USA, told VOA: “Once something happens, the Xi administration will crash.”

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