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Duowei: China’s Politics Has Gotten Rid of the Shackle of Veteran Interference

The Chinese media Duowei, an online news publication that the Chinese government sponsors, published an article stating that China’s political “Beidaihe time” is nearing completion. The current incumbent high-level Chinese Communist Party leaders and many political veterans will also end this rare summer vacation model.

The article predicted that China’s politics today has basically gotten rid of the shackles of the “veteran politics” as compared to before the CCP’s 18th Congress when Communist veterans were the heavy weights and played an important role in decision making. The article particularly singled out Jiang Zemin as a bad example of “veteran’s political intervention.”

The article said, “The most typical case of Jiang Zemin’s “political intervention” was that during the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake in China, the PLA senior officials said that they would like to consult the ‘old leadership’ and refused to listen to the directives of Premier Wen Jiabao who represented Hu Jintao and went to the disaster area as the commander-in-chief. Behind this embarrassing phenomenon was the influence of Jiang Zemin, who was in the position of Chairman of the Central Military Commission for an extra two years, and the long-term existence of the ‘Jiang Zemin Office’ until the CCP’s 18th Congress. It hindered Hu Jintao’s leadership.

“Jiang Zemin’s ‘political intervention’ meant that he didn’t want to let go of power while the country’s political situation was stable, and he interfered with the high-level personnel arrangements of the Chinese Communist Party when he should not have.”

Source: Duowei, August 14, 2017

Chinese Government Leaders Spoke at the 2017 Conference of the Global Overseas Chinese Association for the Promotion of Peaceful Reunification in Italy

The 2017 General Assembly of the Global Overseas Chinese to promote China’s peaceful reunification was held on July 23 in Florence, Italy. The Italian Chapter of the China Association for the Promotion of Peaceful Reunification organized the conference. The theme was, “Persisting in the 1992 Consensus and Promoting Cross-Strait Integration and Sharing the Chinese Dream.” Zhang Baowen, Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, Chairman of the Central Committee of the Democratic League and Vice President of the China Association for the Promotion of Peaceful Reunification, delivered a speech at the opening ceremony.

Zhang Baowen pointed out that Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan compatriots and overseas Chinese are important forces to promote the development of cross-strait relations and promote the peaceful reunification of China. The Overseas Chinese Association for the Promotion of Peaceful Reunification is an important link to uniting the compatriots at home and abroad and is the backbone of the global campaign of “anti-independence” and promoting unification.

The Chinese Ambassador to Italy, Li Ruiyu; the Deputy Director of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, Long Mingbiao; and the Vice President of the China Overseas Exchange Association, Jiang Yan, also spoke at the conference.

More than 1,000 people from the mainland government representatives, leaders of the Overseas Chinese Association for the Promotion of Peaceful Reunification, local Chinese government representatives, and international friends from more than 40 countries and regions attended the activities.

At present, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan compatriots and overseas Chinese have more than 200 institutions and similar organizations in more than 100 countries and regions.

The Global Overseas Chinese Conference for the Promotion of Peaceful Reunification is an important platform for the overseas “anti-independence” movement. Since 2000, there have been 17 such overseas conferences, three of which were held in the U.S. (2000 in Washington, D.C.; 2009 in Los Angles; and 2011 in Washington, D.C.).

Sources: Xinhua, July 24 and 25, 2017;; July26, 2017

Duowei: Xi Jinping No Longer Uses the Term “Bedrock” in Sino-U.S. Relations Because Trump Practices Disguised Extortion

After the first round of China-U.S. comprehensive strategic economic dialogue, Duowei, an overseas Chinese news media close to Beijing, reported that, in light of the U.S. President Trump’s “stubborn” and “fickle” personality as well as the different interests and propositions among the different factions in Trump’s administration since Trump took office, China’s top leaders, including Xi Jinping and his team, no longer mention the concept of “bedrock ” in Sino-U.S. relations.

The report said that in 2013, Xi Jinping proposed to Obama’s finance minister Jacob Lew, that “economic relations” are the “bedrock” of Sino-U.S. relations. With the progress of the bilateral relations in economics and trade, climate change, Iran’s nuclear agreement, and other multilateral issues, this concept is no longer confined to the economic field. Xi Jinping upgraded the concept and regarded that the “pragmatic cooperation” between China and the U.S. is the “Bedrock” for the stability of the world.

In order to honor his election promises, however, Trump now overly allows trade and economic interests to dominate diplomacy. The result is that he allows the military and security policy interests to enter into the negotiations on (economic) trade.

Because Trump has been very hostile to China’s economic and trade area and has tied it to North Korea’s nuclear issue, Xi Jinping did not mention the “bedrock” concept of the bilateral cooperation and international cooperation in his two formal meetings with (Trump).

Source: Duowei, July 22, 2107

Chinese Diplomat: The Indian Army Can Either Withdraw or Be Captured or Annihilated

On July 19, on the China International Television “Dialogue” program, the former Chinese Consul General in Mumbai, Liu Youfa said that, since China and India reached a strategic partnership in 2005, the two countries have been moving forward in bilateral relations. The current Chinese leaders do not want this incident (confrontation in the border area) to became a stumbling block to their bilateral relations. China left India with enough time to deal with the incident.

“According to my understanding of international law, when the soldiers cross the border into other countries, they are ‘enemies.’ Only three kinds of consequences await them: automatic withdrawal, being captured, or, if the conflict escalates, being annihilated. The Chinese side is waiting for India to make the first wise choice (withdrawal), which would be good for both sides.”

Source: Sina, July 21, 2017

China to Invest US$2 Billion in the Reconstruction of Syria

At the First Trade Fair on Syrian Reconstruction Projects (on July 9), Qin Yong, Vice President of the China-Arab Exchange Association, revealed that China plans to invest US$2 billion in Syria to establish industrial parks. The first phase will attract 150 enterprises to participate.

Syrian ambassador to China, Imad Mustafa, said that this is the first time that a Syrian reconstruction project fair has been held in Beijing. The hope is to build an important platform for Chinese enterprises to understand Syria and participate in the reconstruction of Syria.

The Syrian ambassador also said, “China, Russia, and Iran have provided substantial support to Syria during the military conflict. Therefore, it is these three countries that should play a major role in the reconstruction of Syria. If the work were to be carried out by other countries, even by those who participate in the damage to the Syrian infrastructure, it would be very unfair.”

“We learned the lessons from what happened (during the domestic war). We learned who our strategic partners are. Now we will not move closer to the West, but to the north and the east (referring to China, Russia and Iran).”

Source: Sina, July 14, 2017

Chongqing Held 11 Consecutive Important Meetings Following Sun Zhengcai’s “Disappearance“

Duowei reported that Chinese political star Sun Zhengcai’s “bizarre disappearance” caused quite a stir in Chongqing’s officialdom. Since July 15, when Chen Miner took office in Chongqing, the municipal committee has held 11 important meetings.

On July 19, Chongqing Daily reported nine of those important meetings.

On July 15, the CPC Organization Minister Zhao Leji announced that the former Guizhou Provincial Party Secretary Chen Miner replaced Sun Zhengcai as secretary of the Chongqing Municipal Party Committee. Chen Miner said at the meeting that (the new leadership) will resolutely support Xi Jinping’s core position, “have a firm political stance, and adherence to political discipline.”

On July 17 and 18, Chongqing held 10 meetings. Those present at the meetings, repeatedly brought up the issue of eliminating the lingering toxic influences from the (sacked) Bo Xilai, (the former head of Chongqing) and Wang (Lijun), as well as the issue of the reinspection report from the Central Leading Group for Inspection Work.

The inspection group pointed out that the problems in the official circles in Chongqing included “weakening of the party’s leadership, the promotion of cadres with problems,” and other related issues. It also specifically singled out the problem that the remaining impact of “Bo and Wang” has not been completely removed.

Source: Duowei, July 19, 2017

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