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He Qinglian: Jiang Zemin and Zeng Qinghong Will Be the Next Top Officials to Be Arrested

On January 17, 2014, Voice of America published an article written by He Qinglian, the Chinese author and economist now living in the United States, titled, “Who is the ‘Iron Hat King’ Mentioned in People’s Daily?” The question was based on a statement in a People’s Daily’s commentary that “There is no ‘Iron Hat King’ in terms of corruption; there is no top official who cannot be taken down in the anti-corruption movement.” “Iron Hat King,” a title borrowed from the nobility system in the Qing Dynasty, was a royal king rank that the emperor granted for a deed of great merit. An Iron Hat King’s descendants would always enjoy the royal king title, generation after generation.  

He Qinglian indicated in her article that the next high ranking Chinese Communist Party officials to be arrested in the name of anti-corruption would be Jiang Zemin, the General Secretary of the Communist Party from 1989 to 2002, and Zeng Qinghong, Jiang’s close ally and formerly powerful backroom operator.

Source: Voice of America, January 17, 2015 and People’s Daily, January 15, 2015