Two recent articles from the People’s Daily have stirred up speculations of internal conflicts among the officials of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
On Dec. 9, People’s Daily released an article about reforming and opening-up policies that are contrary to current Chinese president Xi Jinping’s line. It completely skipped mentioning Xi’s name.
The article’s author was Qu Qingshan, the director of the CCP’s History and Document Research Institute.
Four days later, Jiang Jinquan, director of the CCP Central Committee’s Policy Research Office published an article with a 180-degree turn, praising Xi for his reform and opening-up initiatives.
Jiang’s version wrote, “under the conditions of reform and opening up…the content and methods of party leadership have also deviated for a time, and its influence was not really eliminated until after the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China.”
Xi was elected to the highest position by the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party in 2012.
Wu Zijia, chairman of the Formosa News said such statements indicated that “the people in front of you are all wrong, and they were not brought back until Xi Jinping.
Wu said Jiang’s article was hinting that “Xi Jinping saved the party at the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China.”
This, as Wu observed, marked an escalated party quarrel to the new stage.
If it was laid bare on People’s Daily for the rest of the world to observe, Wu believed “that great conflicts may be happening in mainland China.”
The chairman of Formosa News said this infighting showed that the CCP was getting weaker, comparing it to an autumn leaf.
The People’s Daily event was not the first indicator of party dissension. Wang Youqun, a former member of the Political Bureau’s Standing Committee, suggested several others including those about Zhang Gaoli’s sexual assault, Xi Jinping’s illegitimate child in China, the infighting behind Fantasia, Evergrande, and Zhou Zhuohua’s incidents.
Beijing has been known to be considering a violent reunification of self-ruling Taiwan. But as Wang reported, Xi Jinping intended to cool down the Taiwan Strait issue and was urged by Jiang Zeng to attack Taiwan through internal and external propaganda.
Wang viewed that this recent attack that undermines Xi was a response from Jiang Zemin and Zeng Qinghong for skipping their approval for his third resolution of his sixth plenary session speech.
Wang suggested Xi has not been able to control the infighting because Jiang and Zeng had taken advantage of Xi’s party’s weaknesses.
Jiang and Zeng are notorious for being the core root behind the CCP’s corruption.