PRC Government Leader Zhou Yongkang Corruption Investigation

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Currently listed as the #3 most viewed article on Chinese web portal NetEase…

From NetEase:

Zhou Yongkang Formally Being Investigated for Serious Disciplinary Violations [Corruption]

Xinhuanet Beijing July 29 report — In view of Zhou Yongkang being suspected of serious disciplinary violations, the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee [CCPCC] decided to launch a formal investigation against him in accordance with the relevant regulations of the “Constitution of the Communist Party of China” and “Work Regulations on Chinese Communist Party Disciplinary Inspection Organ Investigations”.

Comments from NetEase:

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I support the anti-corruption campaign.

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Resolutely support Xi Jinping! Gei li!

西门大淫 [网易广西南宁市网友]:

Support the central government.

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Support anti-corruption efforts!

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I support the Party and the central government’s decision.

If these comments are suspicious, you are not the only one. Many online comments today are suspiciously absent or very similar. The same article (originally from Xinhua) on Chinese web portal Sina is the day’s most discussed article, with over 340k comment participants, more than 5x the amount of the next most popular article, and also very suspicious…

Comments from Sina:

手机用户[广东广州]

Chairman Xi and Wang Qishan are the government officials who have made the most outstanding achievements on the problem of corruption since the Reform and Opening Up. You two have not only found the rotten apples, you’ve also found the frames that hold the rotten apples! You have done well by the entire nation’s 1.3 billion masses, as well as reminding other countries that China will inevitably stand straight among the world’s nations!

作家李迪[北京]

Zhou Yongkang’s fall shows the people the determination and strength of the central government’s anti-corruption campaign/efforts. Staunchly support General-Secretary Xi’s anti-corruption efforts!

路红LH[广东江门]

Big Xi, our ordinary common people love you. We hope you and your political allies who stand with you shoulder to shoulder will persist to the end [in rooting out corruption].

手机用户[广东惠州]

Chairman Xi, Premier Li, Secretary Wang, you have worked hard [and done a good job]. Please take care of your health, as all of China’s citizens support you. We hope the anti-corruption system will continue improving.

手机用户[天津]

Support Chairman Xi! Stay strong and continue on~ and I trust our people will become even stronger~ Be tough in foreign affairs~ Persevere in anti-corruption.

By the way, currently, the #1 most viewed article on NetEase is…

From NetEase:

CCTV Female TV Anchor Ye Yingchun’s Private Photos Exposed, Accused of Being Zhou Yongkang’s Lover

NetEase Entertainment July 30 report — Recently, in view of Zhou Yongkang being suspected of serious disciplinary violations, the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee [CCPCC] decided to launch a formal investigation against him in accordance with the relevant regulations of the “Constitution of the Communist Party of China” and “Work Regulations on Chinese Communist Party Disciplinary Inspection Organ Investigations”. Zhou Yongkang’s current wife Jia Xiaoye used to hold a position at CCTV, and married Zhou Yongkang in 2001. Jia Xiaoye’s identity has always been very mysterious, and according to rumors, none of the photos that can currently be searched for online domestically are of Jia Xiaoye herself. According to other rumors, CCTV female TV presenter Ye Yingchun is Zhou Yongkang’s secret lover.

Long ago at the beginning of the year, there were already rumors claiming that Ye Yingchun was also being investigated for suspected involvement in this [corruption] case. Ye Yingchun’s microblog was updated up to September 13 of last year, where she posted information of her hosting “Chinese Bridge” [a Confucius Institute organized Chinese language competition], with no further updates afterwards. Likewise at CCTV, it has been a long time since she has been seen there, nor has she used any channels available to her to refute the rumors about her. What more, before the Zhou Yongkang case was made public, foreign media had already described the relationship between the two, with an abundance of details, though what is true or false is difficult to discern.

Also, the second must-discussed article on Sina is about a photo of Zhou Yongkang’s son being exposed, while the third most-discussed is an infographic relationship diagram of people and matters related to Zhou Yongkang.

Zhou Yongkang.

This news story is also currently the top trending topic on Chinese microblogging platform Sina Weibo. The “hottest” individual microblog post in the topic is…

From Sina Weibo:

@极品病人: A NetEase news section concerning Zhou Yongkang, this editor/compiler is simply incredible! http://t.cn/RPVmWpQ

The link leads to a data visualization made by financial and business news media group Caixin also featuring the various connections between Zhou Yongkang and other individuals, companies, and controversial issues.

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Comments from Sina Weibo:

独孤求助的灰木崖:

That such a complicated web of relationships was able to put in order just shows that it was already done long ago. It’s said that the editors in the media have it rough these days, having to cover up their reports after they’re done.

银色bullet:

I’ve discovered that a client I once offended is actually on that list.

无耻生命力:

I used to think the Dream of Red Chambers character relationship diagram was complicated, but it’s child’s play compared to this.

TUTUdewowo:

Please continue making the diagram, expanding from the other people involved, and we should be able to see the entire web of interests for China.

射下月亮看星星:

The editor/compiler sure put a lot of effort into it.

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  • AbC

    All these top PRC officials’ downfall always seem to be attributed in some way to a secret love affair of one sort or another.

    A ‘chicken before the egg’ question: does he have a fetish for TV news anchorwomen or did they become CCTV anchor after sleeping with him?

    • Dr Sun

      Chicken before the egg (downfall), HAHA , so very true.
      I bet that Chicken who lost 200 million kuai in Macau(you know the Red Cross girl) , who got arrested is spilling the beans on a bunch of them. Or should we say “cracking their eggs”. ;)

      • Paul Schoe

        I missed that she got arrested.

    • lacompacida

      CPC need to discredit any one that falls, and attacking the moral quality of the person is an easy one: 1) juicy stories 2) common people will understand 3) most rich and powerful have that weakness = no brainer 4) other people will collaborate with made up stories because it is 1.

  • Surfeit

    You ‘cor beat a good purge.

    • Dr Sun

      there you go again with your colonic irrigation fetish

      • Surfeit

        Black retard midget colonic irrigation FTW!

        • Surfeit

          Sploosh!

  • Dr Sun

    “Disciplinary offences” hardly seems to cover the massive widespread criminal activities he and his entire extended family have been engaging in for decades., the mans a Gangster, sorry I meant the say the former #1 police chief, party boss and polit B member.

    • RealityCheck

      The entire regime is composed of gangsters, its the nature of “socialism with Chinese (CCP) Characteristics”. The man is the product of a system that encourages cronyism and corruption. Until the Chinese people achieve multiparty democracy this will continue and there is nothing to blame except the CCP and the peoples’ willingness to allow them to continue their single party dictatorship.

      • Dr Sun

        it has nothing to do with socialism, the rest I agree with

  • woolv

    most of the comments are computer generated.. yawn.
    next.

  • If all corrupt officials were “disciplined” then the Chinese government would certain cease to function. This cannibalistic purge is merely a purge of the weak.

    • donscarletti

      No, if they were all punished it might.

      Discipline is more ambiguous. For all you know, they all get hammered together and go to a BDSM club and he gets his arse paddled by some dominatrix while everyone else drinks and makes cat calls.

      But even if they were punished, the government could probably could function. In the Ming dynasty, the Hongwu Emperor found out that he could let corrupt officials out of their cells long enough to try and sentence other criminals.

      • Insomnicide

        I doubt Xi is on the same level as the Hongwu emperor though, seeing as Hongwu was one of the most diligent and dedicated emperors in countering government corruption in history.

    • lacompacida

      Not the weak, but the opposition.

  • FYIADragoon

    They’re just purging people that were in the way of Xi. Let’s see him do something like look into Wen Jiaobao’s family holdings before we start praising him as the second coming of Mao.

    • Honibaz

      Not to mention this is generating good PR for one of the most corrupt national governments in the world.

      • ClausRasmussen

        >> most corrupt national governments

        You have a very limited World view. Spend a little time reading up on most of the rest of the World outside of Europe and the US.

        • Honibaz

          When I say most corrupt I mean the amount of money the government has stolen from the public in absolute terms. Sub-Saharan Africa does have a higher perceived level of corruption, but the average politician there are nowhere near as wealthy as those in China.

    • lacompacida

      So you think he is going to leave Jiang alone and just way for his passing with patience ?

      • Dr Sun

        who’s Jiang ?

        • ElectricTurtle

          Zemin. Zhou is part of his power block, such as it is.

    • Kraft

      Second coming of Mao?

      Is that supposed to be a good thing?

    • narsfweasels

      Well said. But would they really turn a former top leader into a “tiger” and arrest him? It would be tantamount to an admission of ten years of theft from the very summit of Chinese politics.

    • ElectricTurtle

      Wen Jiabao was a decent premier, probably one of the most decent people on the Standing Committee. All of that financial information was deliberately “leaked” to the Western press to undermine his actual popularity and reputation. He’s no more, and probably less, corrupt than other party officials at the top. So, congratulations on being the willing tool of his enemies in the party.

      • It’s true that Wen looked a lot more like a human than Hu, and talked about democracy and universal values, but he did not make any progress on those issues, and even his speeches were censored when he went off-message, so nobody in China even heard those remarks. Perhaps it was for foreign consumption. So probably his was mainly a public relations role, the good cop in the good cop/bad cop routine. 一个黑脸,一个白脸.

        As for how much each top official has monetized his position, you may be right that he’s made a few hundred million less than the others, but the truth is just don’t know. Ever since a certain even in the late 80s, the leadership has been bound together in a collective vow of omertà, and western news organisations like Bloomberg are wary of investigating

    • Hank

      Retard, they are already looking into Jiang Zeming’s case; nobody is safe now.

  • pink panda

    i guess if i were at his position, i would not do better either.
    i love money most, money can buy everything.
    love and safty and dignity.

    • lacompacida

      In China, power breeds money, and also make your loot safe. He failed to grab enough power to secure his money, and offended the one who was going to get power. Should have bailed a few years ago when he still can, like his other son in US.

      • pink panda

        i’d die in rich not live in poor.
        being poor is a sin, also a point these snob dogs can insult you.
        i had enough from snob dogs.
        so i love money most.

        • hess

          “being poor is a sin” What the actual fuck?

          • Dr Sun

            I can only assume Jesus, mohammed, Buddha, Ghandi, mother Theresa, or this/her CPC govt running dog father told him/her this.

          • pink panda

            my experience told me this.
            being poor got used in relationship, being poor got insulted after relationship, got laughed at for being poor just cos no a rich daddy, no money so must be a digger…
            my goal is money only now.

          • I’m curious how you plan to become un-poor…

          • denvereen

            pink light room???

          • pink panda

            your talking about your mom?

          • denvereen

            No, actually, was referring to you

          • pink panda

            fk off then, no right to talk to me .

          • denvereen

            Actually I do have a right to reply, this is the “interwebz”
            dear.

          • pink panda

            who is ur dear? go away!

          • denvereen

            Take one guess as to who? do have a nice sunday….

          • Zappa Frank

            selling body parts..

          • pink panda

            thats what you did.
            sold to rich chinese woman already, good job.

          • Zappa Frank

            thanks eattot, i would like it is true, but my wife wouldn’t allow me to be the toyboy of a rich chinese woman…too bad….life is just unjust.

          • pink panda

            who you are talking about ?? ?

          • Zappa Frank

            come on. There is only one so obsessed with money and that use expressions like “snob dogs”…

          • denvereen

            Exactly, same old tired and tested lines only “it” uses.

          • pink panda

            ok, then i do not mind sell ur wife’s body to make some money for u then.

          • Zappa Frank

            I suspect she would not agree..

          • Germandude

            eattot, is that you?

          • denvereen

            I would wager so…..

          • Zappa Frank

            I bet 50 euros on her..

          • pink panda

            who you are talking about?

          • Germandude

            The funny girl that shared her wisdom and experience with us here. A little bit naive girl that got lost and whose boyfriend tried to find her on cS later on.

            If I remember correctly.

          • denvereen

            She believes that alas, moronic as she is….

        • denvereen

          For all your money, your english is absolutely incoherent nonsense.

    • Dr Sun

      dream on

  • lacompacida

    Good work, Xi. You have eliminated another person in/controls a wrong faction in CPC. There are plenty more, I suspect. So keep going just like all previous power struggles in CPC, until all oppositions are neutralized.

  • lacompacida

    How soon will he confess to all his crimes ? I have no doubt he’s got a billion dollar loot. But how many millions will be reported in his final sentensing ? 3 million ? If he is not going to be executed, I bet it will be less than five.

  • Rick in China

    I wonder why there isn’t more kerfuffle about Lt. General Gu Junshan whose soldiers broke him out of Beijing prison, took him to Shanghai, and intended to sneak him out on a flight overseas to seek asylum — shutting down SH airport for a day with PLA basically occupying airspace and mad military occupation of both airports before he was finally caught?

    Or the fact he is Bo Xilai’s wife’s cousin or something or, was preparing to be executed like his predecessor for similar style massive corruption and had a mini forbidden palace built for ’em, meh. It’s all a big drama here.. but the whole prison break, wow. It was like, a week ago.. was it a hidden story of sorts? Or no story? I heard it from a friend at air traffic control.

    It’s *great* that corruption is being cracked down on, and powerful people are going down. It does seem sort of like each new regime uses corruption to weed out competition, but what else would they do?

    • Dr Sun

      Even for you “Rick not in China”, this is a incredible stupid post, probably your best yet,
      :)
      I assume you have credible links,Air traffic control to aircraft audio,Aircraft to aircraft audio,Passengers frantic calls to the US embassy and their families as their plane is buzzed by a PLA fighter plane, then diverted to BJ. Even the cell phone footage from any of the thousands of witnesses- passengers (including the thousands of foreigners), relatives, taxi drivers or airport staff present in the airport or in the sky ?

      Do you seriously expect anyone to believe that a major international airport can shut down and close to all air traffic for a day and no one would know?
      If you ever decide one day to visit a international airport or even a domestic hub inside the USA, you would realize how many people (with cell phones) are inside one and how many flights land and take off each hour. , come on get a grip man.

      • Surfeit

        Errr.. Did you not see Weibo. A gazillion flights got cancelled and no one could fly for 24hrs. True story – Read it on the internet.

        • Dr Sun

          I must admit like Fauna,Kai, every other person in China,plus all the thousands of staff, passengers present inside the airport at the time,the hundreds of planes and crews affected, the thousands who could not land, every microblogger both inside and outside of China and every news service worldwide, we all missed it.

          • Terrik
          • Surfeit

            I am inside China. As was my friend at the airport who posted ‘人山人海‘ and a picture of a cancellation board. So too were the people on my Weibo who made comments about the relation between the cancellations and the military. Not to mention the person who posted a news report of 2 arrested individuals, who hours before the mayhem, posted about the coming cancellations citing a situation Rick in China described.

            Sorry maaaate! You’re assertions are like opposite world to the situation I witnessed.

          • Rick in China

            You don’t get it – Sun doesn’t comment based on anything other than his own dream world. No matter what you or anyone you know *experienced*, PROVE IT, and he’ll ignore any proof you provide, because his head is made of rock – inside and out.

          • Surfeit

            That’s mean. Your mean. I’m telling mom!

          • Dr Sun

            post THE PROOF PRICK IN CHINA, or SHUT THE FUCK UP ONCE AND FOR ALL, as there is none hopefully we dont have to hear from you again…ever.

          • Rick in China

            RAA RAA, RAAA… RAAAaaa….

            Having a bit of a breakdown, perhaps? Rage more Sun, it suits you.

          • denvereen

            I thought you were in Australia these days?

          • Rick in China

            Back’n’forth, waiting on wife’s company’s various legal issues to resolve before we can do a long term trip..she currently can’t leave (like, legally)

          • Dr Sun

            dude those were pre arranged exercises which the airport knew about , the airlines and the public knew about it as well, you are better than this.

            you going to post the pics of the board the arrests for that day, your friends proof as only you and Prick seem to have the “inside friends knowledge” , it seems no one else can even find anything despite extensive Weibo searches?

            Surfeit you usually seem a sort of smart poster , but this time you just sucked up the bs cause you liked it.

          • Surfeit

            You high on crack.

          • Dr Sun

            unlike you ..no

          • Surfeit

            HAHA you edited your post because I hurt your feelings!

    • Germandude

      Could you please ask your friend on which day PuDong airport or Hongqiao airport were supposed to be shut down?

      I am working in the logistics/airfreight field in Shanghai and mysteriously, I must’ve lost a whole day. No interference with either airfield in the last 2 weeks.

      So I have to call your friend’s story bullshit except he says cargo planes were not affected at all. Then I might’ve missed that.

      EDIT: I actually landed on tuesday, 22nd of July (the date this was supposed to have happened) from an international flight coming from Singapore. Nothing strange, no delays on that day.

      • Rick in China

        Last Tuesday, mid-day.. There’s a significant difference between not allowing flights to depart, and allowing an international flight to arrive. I’d imagine there’s not much of a chance someone could escape on an arriving flight. They say it was PLA exercises, but if that were the case, surely the airport would have known in advance rather than cancelling flights all at once, at the last minute before these supposed exercises took place. The time of day might also matter – there may have been a significant difference in the experience at the airport between _before they caught wind_ of the situation, during the situation, and _after it was resolved_ – no?

        I don’t know if the story is as said, and “shut down” was perhaps too strong of a term, but tons of flights were cancelled and ‘military exercises’ was the official reason. The rest could just be rumour.

        • Germandude

          Ok, never say never. All I am saying is: nothing strange appeared on that day as far as I can see from airport operations.

        • Surfeit

          Matey of mine posted delayed/cancelled flights on the 21st too.

      • Zappa Frank

        I guess you are working in s…….r or k…..e n….l, am I right?

        • Germandude

          LOL, I wouldn’t tell on a forum, but you mentioned 2 of my major competitors. Please no public guessing ;-)

          • Zappa Frank

            ahah…I’ve written too much..

          • Germandude

            Mille grazie.

        • Mihel

          Don’t be silly, he’s obviously an english teacher. All foreigners in China are english teachers, even when they are not english.

          • Zappa Frank

            i’m an english teacher too. i teach them to talk like supermario of nintendo games and to read the coffee shop menù with the perfect pronunciation

          • Germandude

            I can totally imagine you, Zappa Frank to give English lessons.

            Read with Don Corleone’s voice and Italian accent:

            “I will give you English lessons that you cannot refuse”

          • Germandude

            Ahahahahahahaha

  • Corflamum

    I actually really hate to see the end of Zhou Yongkang. As corrupt officials go, he was actually not a bad guy. He was born poor, and got where he is today by being a genius oil engineer (and probably slippery as an eel). Like Bo Xilai, any organization he was in charge of flourished, and I hate to see a competent leader go down because he was opposition to the current leadership.

    • Dr Sun

      lol, tell that to the thousands of rural farmers his “police” beat up to steal their land. tell that to the street vendors, tell that to the people of China trying to buy a house.

      Successful gangster does not equate to genius.

      The only people that flourished were his family and friends, not the people and certainly not any organisation that is a legitimate one.

      You of course realise that he was instrumental in bringing Bo Xilai down and that now ironically they will be cellmates.

  • Guest

    To understand the situation you first need to understand that the CCP is divided between informal “elitist” and “populist” coalitions.

    They are divided along deep-rooted factional lines and have varying perspectives on social, economic, political, military and foreign affairs.

    The elitists comprise the “taizidang”, offsprings of former revolutionary leaders and high-ranking officials, and the infamous “Shanghai Gang” (fading, but still influent), the followers of Jiang Zemin, the guy who started the persecution of Falun Gong in his quest of power and fame (but this is another story).

    The populists are for the most members of the “tuanpai”, politicians who cut their teeth in the Chinese Communist Youth League, their parents were not high-ranking officials, in fact most were common people, they made their own way to the top.

    Current president Xi Jinping is a member of the taizidang (elitist). Former president Hu Jintao is a populist. Zhou Yongkang and Bo Xilai (who are very close to each other) are as well populists.

    Xi is simply trying to put other members of his faction (elitist) in power / essential positions by getting rid of Hu’s faction members (populists).

    They are all as corrupted as one can be, all of this is nothing but a quest for always more power.

  • Guest

    To fully understand the situation you first need to know that the CCP is divided between informal “elitist” and “populist” coalitions. They are divided along deep-rooted factional lines and have varying perspectives on social, economic, political, military and foreign affairs.

    The elitists comprise the “taizidang”, sons and daughters of former revolutionary leaders and high-ranking officials, and the infamous “Shanghai Gang” (fading, but still influent), the followers of Jiang Zemin, the guy who started the persecution of Falun Gong in his quest of power and fame (but this is another story).

    The populists are for the most members of the “tuanpai”, politicians who cut their teeth in the Chinese Communist Youth League, their parents were not high-ranking officials, in fact most were common people, they made their own way to the top.

    Current president Xi Jinping is a member of the taizidang (elitist). Former president Hu Jintao is a populist. Zhou Yongkang and Bo Xilai (who are very close to each other) are as well populists.

    Xi is simply trying to put other members of his faction (elitist) in power / essential positions by getting rid of Hu’s faction members (populists).

    They are all as corrupted as one can be, all of this is nothing but a quest for always more power.

    • ClausRasmussen

      Good post, but I think the following is too simple

      >> Xi is simply trying to put other members of his faction (elitist) in power / essential positions by getting rid of Hu’s faction members (populists)

      Because Li Keqiang is part of the tuanpai faction too, and he is working well with Xi. To me it seems like the old guard of the tuanpai faction is purged while the younger cadres are keeping their positions.

      • RagnarDanneskjold

        I think you also need to recognize left and right in China (which is confusing relative to the West because rightists in China want to conserve communism and leftists want to reform to a free market). Bo and Zhou are Maoist/communist populists, Li and Xi want to reform towards a strong political party, with less control over the market. A less free Singapore, but a much more free China. So there are many taizidang that also oppose them because they will lose their economic power.

    • Some people have feet in both tuanpai and taizidang. Hu Jintao was always said to be a tuanpai guy, but his wife was taizidang, which helped his climb, so they say.

  • Guest

    To fully understand the situation you first need to know that the CCP is divided between informal “elitist” and “populist” coalitions. They are divided along deep-rooted factional lines and have varying perspectives on social, economic, political, military and foreign affairs.

    The elitists comprise the “taizidang”, sons and daughters of former revolutionary leaders and high-ranking officials, and the infamous “Shanghai Gang” (fading, but still influent), the followers of Jiang Zemin.

    The populists are for the most members of the “tuanpai”, politicians who earned their positions the hard way through the Chinese Communist Youth League, their parents were not high-ranking officials, in fact most were common people, they made their own way to the top.

    Current president Xi Jinping is a member of the taizidang (elitist). Former president Hu Jintao is a populist. Zhou Yongkang and Bo Xilai (who are very close to each other) are as well populists.

    Xi is simply trying to put other members of his faction (elitists) in power / essential positions by getting rid of Hu’s faction members (populists).

    They are all as corrupted as one can be, all of this is nothing but a quest for always more power.

  • simon

    As for someone who lived in Australia for 20 years and having been in China for over 3 years now, i’ve seen first hand the workings of government officials and how they take kick backs etc. etc. corruption and all.

    I’d say corruption really is a borderline grey area, these are officials who get paid about 2000-3000kuai per month salaries and everyone knows that isn’t nearly enough to get you by. It’s pretty much expected that every government official has needs to make some side money in order to provide for their family retirement etc.

    As i see it, corruption is borne out of necessity and lack of rule of law, not saying that it’s ok, but it makes sense to see why corruption is so widespread, i’d even say it’s universal in China, heck, as an chinese official, you’d be stupid not to try to earn some side money, how exactly are you expected to survive on 2-3k kuai.

    Having said that, excessive corruption is just absurd, apparently zhou and bo and other tigers have money to last them multiple eternity, we’re talking sums in the hunderds of billions of RMB, divided between offshore accounts, relatives, entities, these are just estimates but it’s most likely plausible, these are sums enough to be listed in the forbes top 10 rich list.

    Just for example a county level 书记 can embezzle hundreds of million RMB easily in their time of governance, so the numbers for these tigers are not far fetched.

    So root out the tigers by all means, but the root issue is still that there are too many public servants and they get too little pay. Rooting out tigers will just result in others replacing the tigers, this to me is just an excuse to root out those that are hindering xi’s grasp on power.

    There’s rumors out there that xi is rooting out these tigers in order so that his and li keqiang’s policy reforms can go ahead unimpeded by the old guard and conservatives, who knows.

    • Yes who knows. But somehow I doubt it. Seems his top priority, from what he has said, is to keep the Party in power at all costs, and not go the way of the CPSU.

  • Free Man

    My wife told me about this a couple of days ago and complained, that on Weibo&Co there were only positive comments but ZERO negative comments about Xi. She even tried to write something negative with a fake account, but it got deleted right away. Also, many of the accounts had no username but only “Sent from mobile”.

    Apparently she was right, I don’t see 1 negative comment on ChinaSmack, too. Usually there is at least one comment from the other side, but not this time.

    Looks like someone made a point about who is the boss.

    • Zappa Frank

      censorship run in china. i sincerelly have the feeling the internet is even more censored that before.. i cannot find anymore some porn websties that were available till 2 years ago..

      • Free Man

        There were porn websites available in China 2 years ago? ;)

        • SongYii

          kuntfutubedotcom is still not blocked, remarkably.

      • Insomnicide

        Your googlefu is weak.

        • Zappa Frank

          teach me master!

    • Germandude

      I am actually waiting for whuddyasack to downplay this to “technical problems” and that censorship is a white mans invention. Additional, the usual blame that the US is responsible for this.

      And that…

  • jon9521

    Are the messages really from Chinese citizens or just from Communist party officials posing as citizens? There does not appear to be any comment on the corruption in Xi’s group. Corruption will likely destroy the chinese economy as its workers wages rise and the various companies can no longer support the black holes in thier budgets.

    • SongYii

      Fuana addresses this in her commentary. “If these comments are suspicious, you are not the only one. Many online comments today are suspiciously absent or very similar. The same article (originally from Xinhua) on Chinese web portal Sina is the day’s most discussed article, with over 340k comment participants, more than 5x the amount of the next most popular article, and also very suspicious…”

  • SongYii

    I, for one, support anti-corruption in favor of President Xi, and moreover, anti-corruption measures taken by President Xi are staunchly supported by I, and if in the future there is still corruption, President Xi should take measures to stop it. Self ding.

  • I agree. If a public official wants to have 300 lovers, it is his business. The problem is when he spends public funds to wine and dine them, or buy them condos.
    To be good at your job means you know how to work the system, which means being corrupt.

  • Hank

    Real life Game of Thrones for these aging committee members.

  • Master777

    The corrupt power is strong inside the CCP. I hope Xi Jin Ping will find the power to clean up China’s big mess.

  • Kyle Mitchell

    Nothing more than a power struggle between the two major parties of the CCP.

  • mike921

    Maybe Zhou, Bo, and Jiang can share a villa, oops, I mean a cell….

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