From April 20 to April 23, Xi Jinping visited Shaanxi Province. One of his stops was Qinling (also called the Qin Mountains), a major east-west mountain range in southern Shaanxi Province. Several overseas Chinese media gave an analysis of why Xi went to Qinling. The New Tang Dynasty Television (NTDTV) gave the most in-depth explanation, including three possible reasons:
1. Qinling was considered the Dragon Vein (龙脉) of the Chinese civilization. Dragon Vein is a Fengshui term. It can impact the prosperity of the current ruler. Damages to or suppression of the Dragon Vein can hurt the ruler. Though Xi is the head of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), which promotes atheism, Xi himself still believes in certain Fengshui and traditional Chinese culture. Shaanxi and Qinling have brought blessings to Xi Jinping and his father. Xi’s father started his CCP official career in Shaanxi and Xi stayed at Xi’an, Shaanxi for seven years.
Unfortunately, in the past decade, officials in Shaanxi Province built many luxury villas on Qinling which could be viewed as damaging or suppressing the Dragon Vein. Despite Xi having given instructions six times to demolish those illegal buildings, the local officials took no action. It was not until July 2018, when Xi sent Xu Lingyi, Deputy Secretary of the CCP Central Commission on Disciplinary Inspection, to Shaanxi that many officials in Shaanxi were taken down and those villas were demolished.
2. Giving the ongoing infighting among the party leaders, Xi may want to use the Qinling villa story to remind others that he was able to take down those who did not follow his orders.
3. Xi mentioned “the spirit of westward migration” at Shaanxi. He could hint that he can retreat to Shaanxi if he can no longer control Beijing. He may have taken this trip to check and see if everything was ready should he retreat.
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Source: NTDTV, April 24, 2020