Ying Yong, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) official who led the handling of the pandemic in Wuhan has reportedly been chosen to take over as China’s chief prosecutor, one of the top posts in the national judiciary, according to sources close to the matter.

Wuhan is where the CCP virus originated and spread to the world. From the West, the Chinese Communist Party’s handling of the situation was widely criticized, but the 64-year-old official, the top official in the region, is reportedly being rewarded with a prestigious position within the CCP power structure.

Ying is one of Xi Jinping’s highly trusted officials. He gained public recognition in 2020 when he was sent to Wuhan, Hubei province, following the chaos unleashed by the emergence of the CCP virus, apparently from a laboratory in the city. 

Ying was then appointed as party chief of Hubei province, and remained there until March with the clear objective of handling of the pandemic and the draconian measures adopted by the CCP in the region.

The official will turn 65 at the end of 2022, the age at which government officials of the regime usually retire. Last March, when he resigned from his post in Hubei, the regime’s own media such as Xinhua News speculated that he had left his post as provincial party secretary “due to his age.”

However it came as a surprise to learn that Ying’s race for power within the communist regime, far from coming to an end, is in full swing.

Since 2012 when Xi assumed power, Ying has been promoted steadily. He first took over as head of the Shanghai Organization Department in 2013, a key post meant to control all personnel in the region. Then in 2017 he became mayor of the city only to leave his post in 2020 when he was assigned the task of leading the pandemic in Hubei under the title of head of the CCP in Hubei.

Ying Yong’s role in the CCP virus pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic, or CCP virus, has marked a turning point in many aspects of social life around the world. The Chinese communist regime was at the center of attention, not only because that is where the virus was born and from where it spread, but also because of its controversial behavior in reacting to the first instance of the outbreak. There was poor communication with the rest of the world. Added to that was the constant concealment of information, and the claims that the virus escaped from a Chinese laboratory in the city of Wuhan.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, independent journalists and social network users reported from China in the first person that the reality did not match the discourse that the CCP intended to reflect to the world. However, the communist effort to silence these voices was enormous and to a great extent it succeeded.

One of the most outstanding examples is the case of the lawyer Chen Qiushi, who shocked the whole world when he dared to publish a series of videos in January 2020. In the videos he can be seen in Wuhan, telling what was happening there. 

Other journalists and independent citizens also began to upload similar videos with information that coincided with Chen’s information. 

The images showed hospitals collapsed with sick people, rows of bodies supposedly dead from the virus waiting to enter the morgues, streets desolate because of a lockdown, and the constant harassment by security forces that had taken control of public spaces.

Ying’s work would have been remarkable since he managed to comply to the maximum with the requirements of the regime regarding the concealment of information about the virus and the imposition of the strictest lockdown rules in the world. 

So much so that he could now be rewarded a position of greater power and hierarchy within the CCP structure.

Top position in the CCP’s justice system

After several years of making a career within the CCP power structure under Xi, Ying will now assume a key position in the management of justice within the communist regime as chief prosecutor.

The Supreme People’s Procuratorate in China is the highest prosecutorial body. Its task is to direct the work of local people’s procuratorates by exercising legal supervision in accordance with the laws imposed by the regime. It is to ensure unified enforcement as mandated by state regulations. In Western terms it could be equivalent to the role of the Supreme Court of Justice. 

According to official sources, Ying started working last week as deputy Party secretary in the office of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate and will soon replace Zhang Jun, the current chief prosecutor general.

The promotion comes just six weeks before the 20th CCP Congress, where the regime’s leadership could be renewed, or Xi could secure another five years as party general secretary, the first to do so after Mao Zedong.

China’s state media reported that the 20th CCP Congress will be held on October 16 and a major leadership reshuffle is expected, while Xi is given another five years as party general secretary. 

This year’s congress will review the party’s achievements and “thoroughly study international and domestic trends,” according to Xinhua.

Confirmation of the congress date indicates that most internal negotiations on key positions have been completed, although there could be last-minute adjustments. Major decisions are usually made before the Congress, which is billed as a formal gathering to legitimize and communicate those decisions to the more than 2,000 CCP delegates.

Xi’s wing is already reorganizing the power structure within the regime and the transfer of Ying to the justice sector clearly seems to be a strategic move to strengthen that area with people he trusts. 

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