The faction war between two groups that support Xi Jinping and Jiang Zemin has not come to an end. The killing shocked onlookers and during such a process, many of the CCP’s heinous crimes have also been exposed.

Xi ‘accidentally’ came to power

Xi becoming the Chinese leader was beyond anyone’s expectations in China’s political scene at that time. It can be said that it is entirely thanks to “heavenly timing, geographical advantage, and human harmony.”

The last years of Hu Jintao’s term were a tumultuous time with the CCP falling into crisis internally due to rampant corruption and fierce infighting among many factions.

At that time, former leader Jiang Zemin wanted to bring Bo Xilai up, but his wife was accused of poisoning and killing a British businessman, who was also her lover.

As for Hu’s faction, he wanted his succesor to be Ling Jihua instead, but Ling was caught in a scandal to hide the fact that his son caused a traffic accident after a party with two girls.

The CCP leaders at that time needed someone with stable leadership, and Xi had the biggest advantage.

Because the CCP leadership has lost credibility in the eyes of the people through the persecution of the Uyghurs and Falun Gong, corruption, and adultery, it was urgent to find a low key person with a clean record in the Party cadres ranks to crown to stabilize and blind the public.

Moreover, Xi’s background was very different from other candidates: Xi’s father, Xi Zhongxun, was one of Mao Zedong’s confidants, and a former leader.

In addition, there is also the help of two mysterious characters: father and son Ye Jianying and Ye Xuanning.

CCP marshal Ye Jianying, known as “the king of the South,” was one of the most powerful senators. It was Ye Jianying who helped arrange Xi’s father to be in charge of Guangdong province.

Although Ye Jianying died along time ago, his family’s political influence in China has not weakened, especially his son, Ye Xuanning, who held the position of Head of the CCP’s General Political Department in 1990.

The General Political Department is a special intelligence agency, and Ye Xuanning is known as the spiritual leader of the “Party Prince” world and earned the respect from even top leaders like Jiang, Deng Xiaoping.

It was Ye Xuanning’s forces that supported and brought Xi to the most powerful position in China. Rumors have it that Ye Xuanning gave Xi all of the CCP’s secret personnel lurking around the world, and proof of private accounts of all the top Chinese leaders, as a gift to Xi on his inauguration day.

That is the reason why Xi’s power in the Party grew suddenly and no one dared to oppose it.

So in 2013, Xi became leader with 2,952 votes in favor, one vote against and three abstentions.

Many Western political commentators argue that Xi’s decisions are far from simple. CCP elders also realized that he was not a docile person. Jiang, on the other hand, realized that they were facing the most formidable opponent.

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When Xi came to power, he had to deal with the whole system of power from central to local totally corrupt and depraved by Jiang’s previous policy of “Silence in exchange for bounty.” During Xi’s first years in office, most of the retired cadres were not qualified morally, corruption and adultery were highly popular among senior party cadres in the Central Committee and localities. Among the officials who fell from grace, many suffered from syphilis and AIDS to varying degrees.

As soon as he came to power, Xi launched an iron fist campaign. One of the most impressive campaigns that Xi launched was getting rid of corrupt officials from top to bottom.

From 2013 to 2019, that policy brought about significant results. Chinese disciplinary inspection and supervision agencies accepted over 2,000,000 records, made 1,545,000 cases, handled 1,537,000 cases of officials at all levels violating discipline.

Among them, 43 members of the 18th Party Central Committee were arrested or dismissed for corruption and other serious violations; 9 members of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, more than 8,900 officials at departmental levels, 63,000 officials at district and county levels, more than 250 high-ranking officials including business leaders and military generals and 648,000 officials at the commune level were arrested for day-to-day incidents of minor corruption.

The campaign to crack down on these officials initiated by Xi not only was implemented at home but also coordinated with the international (Interpol) to hunt down corrupt criminals through the framework of the “Sky Net” and “Fox Hunting” campaigns, and confiscated billions of dollars.

The Jiang faction was heavily attacked, though they did not retreat but fought to the end, as demonstrated by the 2015 Beidaihe Conference – the biggest coup in contemporary Chinese history.

On July 24, 2015, Jiang and Zeng Qinghong wanted to borrow the Beidaihe conference to get the senators, who were retired members of the Standing Committee of the Politburo, to come together to remove Xi.

Zhou Banshun, then-secretary of Hebei Province, carefully prepared a document criticizing Xi’s anti-corruption campaign, which broke the unwritten law within the CCP of not disclosing the crimes of Party Central Committee members.

But a number of senators such as Hu, Li Peng, and former Jiang supporters suddenly turned their backs, causing Zhou’s arrest and the disintegration of the anti-Xi alliance.

After that, Jiang’s faction came up with another plan in 2015, which was to use suicide troops loyal to Zeng in the Central Military Police, or Unit 8341, to control or assassinate Xi.

But it was eventually revealed that a “secret high-profile official” of Xi’s discovered that for several nights in a row, Unit 8341 was constantly moving guards. As a result, a major reshuffle in the Central Military Police 8341 took place, with more than 80 to 90% of the personnel of the leadership structure being changed.

The confrontation between the two factions Jiang and Xi culminated when Xi issued the policy of “sentences must be made, charges must be received,” and “responsibility for life”.

The policy of “sentences must be made, charges must be received”

The policy of “sentences must be made, charges must be received,” and “responsibility for life” stipulates that leaders who have made decisions that cause serious consequences must be held accountable for their actions and retirement as a plan for “safe landing” would no longer be allowed.

After that, the Supreme Procuracy continued to accept lawsuits, globally and a total of more than 120,000 people sued Jiang.

After that, the Supreme Procuratorate opened the first public argument for the first time as a large-scale rehearsal, in fact deliberately judging Jiang’s crimes.

Xi also named former senator Jiang by name in a book published by the Central Commission for Discipline. It was stated, “There are people within the Party who are claiming to be Supreme Highness, declaring to grant life to people for them and death against them, considering themselves as absolute authority.”

In 2016, the Wujieliulan website in Xinjiang unexpectedly published an open letter, asking Xi to resign, threatening, “Think of your own safety and that of your family.”

But Xi was determined not to give in and placed his personnel in key positions at all levels, disrupting the personnel situation of the Jiang faction. Immediately upon receiving the threat, Xi issued a series of rules on disciplinary action within the Party, further controlling Jiang’s influence.

Additionally, Xi also criticized some of his predecessors’ policies, especially religious policies toward the practice of Falun Gong. During Jiang’s regime, he implemented the policy of extermination “destroy them physically, defame their reputations, and bankrupt them financially,” and also had a secret command for his subordinates: “feel free to beat to them to death, if they die it is considered suicide, no investigating their identity, directly burning corpses without mourning,” for this group of cultivators.

Jiang was once indicted by the International Court in Spain for the crime of genocide against Falun Gong, which caused many high-ranking CCP officials to turn away and form another force to confront Jiang and at the same time support Xi.

So the war between the “Xi faction” and “Jiang faction” continues. The Jiang faction used two Standing Committee members, Wang Huning and Han Zheng, as insiders to cause tension in the U.S.-China trade war. After that, the new bill was promulgated in Hong Kong – which is considered the main site of Jiang’s faction. Then when the COVID-19 pandemic occurred, many analysts also pointed out that it was closely related to the activities of the “Jiang faction” causing chaos inside and outside China.

All these moves were intended to stir up objections and anger the Chinese people and the world in order to create a huge political challenge for Xi’s side.

But in the end there was a compromise between the two factions. According to an unnamed source from the Chinese military, the compromise took place during the 19th National Congress—it was an exchange.

Compromise: ‘Step back’ or a huge mistake of Xi Jinping’s faction?

The agreement was: The Jiang faction supported Xi’s leadership position, accepted the inclusion of Xi’s ideas in the CCP’s constitution, and accepted the amendment to the constitution to remove the limit of two terms of the president and vice president.

In return, Xi’s faction was not allowed to touch Jiang, or Zeng and stopped investigating Jia Tingan – a close associate of Jiang’s faction.

According to observers, this is a huge step back for Xi, who compromised with Jiang’s faction in exchange for the stability of his position.

Then it was rumored that there were 10 assassination attempts on Xi. The most famous of which was the shocking explosion in Tianjin on August 15, 2015. Because the assassination attempt was exposed, political opponents had to destroy evidence by placing detonators at gunpowder depots in the Xinhai area.

On that same day, Xi declared that the government must learn a “deep lesson at the cost of blood” when the death toll reached 112 people and 722 people were injured.

After compromising with Jiang’s faction, Xi faced many difficulties on many fronts, because that was the guise of Jiang’s faction: First, it was the guise of escaping, and then raising troops to attack to overthrow Xi. 

And even though Xi is the most powerful person right now, he has to live in fear of his enemies in Jiang’ s forces, and the future will not be guaranteed with any certainty.

How will the confrontation between the two factions Jiang – Xi continue? Which side will win or will they all sink together? Let’s continue to follow the actual developments in contemporary Chinese politics.

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