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Hu and Wen Facing Fierce Challenge from Jiang’s Group

Secret China republished an article from the Hong Kong newspaper Apple Daily, reporting that Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao face a vigorous challenge from Jiang Zemin’s group, as the Fourth Plenary Session of the 17th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China is coming on September 20, 2009.

The protest and clash at Urumqi that happened 10 days after Hu Jintao’s visit from August 22 to 25 was a slap in the face. Zhu Jiamu, the Vice President of the China Academy of Social Sciences published a long article, quoting Jiang Zemin’s words that China must stick to the Socialist direction and people’s democratic dictatorship. He criticized Wen Jiabao’s acknowledgement of the universal values of freedom, equality, and human rights without mentioning his name.

The two major topics of the Fourth Plenary Session are the human resource adjustment at the CPC Central Military Commission and Direction on Party Development; both are linked to the leadership of the next generation. Therefore, the challenge of Jiang’s group against Hu and Wen might create turmoil in China’s political and economic environments.

Source: Secret China, September 7, 2009