Former Chinese President Hu Jintao (2003-2013) was escorted out of the People’s Palace where the closing of the 20th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), in what appeared to be a purge with public ridicule of the veteran leader.
Shortly after the press entered the great hall and with the cameras already capturing what was happening, some beadles approached Hu, who was sitting to the left of the president and leader of the CCP, Xi Jinping, and ordered him to get up and leave the premises, to which the former president seemed to verbally resist.
Hu finally left the room, although before he exchanged a few brief words with Xi, who during the incident remained with his eyes forward oblivious to what was happening behind him.
The unusual scene, which lasted about a minute when journalists entered the plenary hall of the Great Hall of the People, supposes – in the absence of details or official confirmation – the possible political purge of the faction of the former Chinese president, Xi’s predecessor. in charge.
It also makes it possible to foresee that none of his closest friends, such as the current prime minister, Li Keqiangeither wang yangdeputy minister and who sounded to replace him, will continue at the top of the formation.
As he left the room and passed behind the first row where the top leadership was sitting, Hu touched Li on the shoulder, in a gesture that some interpreted as solidarity for the loss of influence of the current prime minister in the training.
So it doesn’t seem like Hu Chung Hua, Nicknamed “Little Hu,” is likely to enter the formation’s all-powerful Standing Committee, in which all members will be close allies of Xi.
However, some observers and Internet users have not interpreted what happened as a purge, but as a possible physical discomfort of Hu Jintao that would have caused his withdrawal from the room.
If it is confirmed that what has happened has been a purge, President Xi Jinping would ensure his absolute control over the CCP for at least the next five years.
Already in his opening speech, Xi was highly critical of the ten-year term of his predecessor, who ruled China from 2003 to 2013.
“A decade ago there was progress but also a series of problems that demanded urgent action. There was within the party a lack of clear understanding, a lack of effective measures, and a tendency toward weakness. Bureaucracy, hedonism, and extravagance persisted in many places and departments. Privileges were an issue and some shocking cases of corruption were found,” he said.
He also argued that “growth was not balanced or sustainable or coordinated” and that some people “didn’t even have faith in the socialist system.”
The Closing of the 20th Congress of the Communist Party of China
The apparent and unexpected public purge of former President Hu Jintao, the immediate predecessor of the current Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, today convulsed the closing of the 20th Congress of the Communist Party of China (PCCh), in which Xi cemented his already enormous power by perpetuating himself for five years. further ahead of the Asian giant.
What happened to Hu, 79, has overshadowed today’s election of the new Central Committeefrom which the Politburo and the new Standing Committee of the PCCh will emerge, the highest echelon of Chinese power, whose composition will be known tomorrow after innumerable pools that try to guess who will accompany Xi at the top during the next five years.
Hu, his face drawn, was escorted out of the plenary hall of the Great Hall of the People seconds after the press entered the chamber.
The cameras had free rein to capture how a beadle approached him to force him out of the hemicycle before the stunned faces of Li Zhangshu and Wang Huningthe current numbers three and five of the Party.
Although Hu resisted while they pulled him, as can be seen on his jacket, he ends up leaving after questioning Xi, who kept looking straight ahead oblivious to what was happening a few centimeters from his back.
However, some observers have not interpreted what happened as a purge, but as a possible physical discomfort that would have caused Xi’s predecessor in office to leave the room.
A televised purge without accusations involved would be something unusual in the CCP current, but other experts are convinced that the event has staged the direct lamination of this faction, which experts have defined as more liberal, pragmatic and market-oriented.
In addition, it is already known that the new Central Committee, the group of 205 members (plus alternates) that heads the regime, does not include those closest to Hu, such as the current prime minister, Li Keqiang, or Wang Yang, deputy prime minister. , who will retire from political life at the age of 67.
In fact, when he was leaving the room and passing behind the first row where the leadership leadership was sitting, Hu touched Li on the shoulder, in a gesture that some interpreted as solidarity for the loss of influence in the formation. .
It now remains to be seen whether Hu Chunghua, nicknamed “little Hu” because of his closeness to the former president, has a chance of joining the CPC Standing Committee, although everything seems to indicate that its members will all be very close allies of Xi.
PURGE OF THE NETWORKS
Hu has even been purged from Chinese social media, and the most recent post in which the former president’s name can be found dates from October 18, in which an account quotes the politician’s words on economic development.
If the PCCh wanted to show an image of unity, it does not seem to have succeeded according to what happened today, to which must be added the last darts that Xi threw at his predecessor: “There was a lack of clear understanding within the party, a lack of measures effective and a tendency to weakness. Bureaucracy, hedonism and extravagance persisted in many places and departments”, he said in the opening speech of the conclave.
Xi also argued that “shocking cases of corruption were found,” that “growth was not balanced, sustainable, or coordinated,” and that some people “didn’t even have faith in the socialist system.”
TOMORROW, THE STANDING COMMITTEE
In any case, the 69-year-old Xi will secure his absolute control over the CCP for at least the next five years.
Another sign of accumulated power is the inclusion in the PCCh statutes of an amendment that updates and expands the political theory of the Chinese president, urging the militancy to “deeply understand” the “decisive” meaning of its position as the “core of the Party.” and to “apply it in all aspects”.
The expectation now revolves around who will accompany the president during the next five years, and if any potential dolphin will appear in the new dome.
The new members of the almighty Standing Committee (7 or 9 people) will be presented to society tomorrow, Sunday, in another side event after a week of meetings behind closed doors in an armored Beijing and under strong restrictions for journalists due to the draconian measures against the covid
It is known that the so far numbers 2, 3, 4 and 7 of the CCP, Li Keqiang, Li Zhanshu, Wang Yang, and Han Zhengare no longer in the newly appointed Central Committee, so there will be at least four new faces at the top of power.
The head of Foreign Affairs, Wang Yi, does appear in the Central Committee, who could replace Yang Jiechi at the head of the Office of the PCCh Foreign Commission.
On the sidelines, the delegates also elected today a new Central Commission for Inspection and Discipline, which in the past five years investigated 4.65 million cases of corruption.
(With information from EFE)
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