Recently, six “political and legal tigers” in Sun Lijun clique received heavy sentences. Experts say this is a “judicial drama” carefully staged by Xi Jinping. Xi is sending signals indicating the climax of a power struggle within the CCP, ahead of the 20th National Congress.

By September 23, Sun and his gang were officially sentenced. In addition, Sun, former vice minister of public security of China; Fu Zhenghua, former minister of justice; and Wang Like, former deputy head of the political and legal department law of Jiangsu Province, were sentenced to death with a 2-year delay, which is generally considered the equivalent to a life sentence.