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Is the 18th Party Congress a Meeting for the Parents of U.S. Citizens?

On October 15, 2012, China Gate reprinted an article, originally from Apple Daily, titled “How Many at the 18th Party Congress Are Either Foreign Nationals or the Parents of U.S. Citizens?”

According to the article, both leftists (followers of Mao and Bo Xilai) and rightists (followers of Deng Xiaoping) in China are asking to investigate and publicize the truth about the following news: 1) 16,000 – 18,000 corrupt officials have escaped from China since the middle of the 1990s with 800 billion yuan (US$128 billion); 2) A total of 204 CCP Central Committee members, 167 alternate members, and 127 members of the CCP Central Commission for Discipline Inspection have their foreign relatives (including 349, 591, and 582 relatives respectively), a total of 1522 family members, who are citizens of the U.S., Europe, or other countries. The leftists want to use the figures as an excuse to return to the Mao era; while the rightists want to use the examples as the rationale for developing democracy and the rule of law.

Source: China Gate, October 15, 2012