Dining at Fast Food Restaurant, Xi Jinping’s Way to Fight Corruption


President Xi Jinping's intense corruption crackdown has put enormous stress on corrupt officials.

President Xi Jinping’s intense corruption crackdown has put enormous stress on corrupt officials.

As corruption has permeated entire China, prevention is much more important than punishment. Now, Chinese president has been sending investigation teams to provinces, cities and regions at provincial level, agencies and institutions of the state and state-owned enterprises. The teams have discovered lots of corrupt officials and punished them.

However, by what means can Xi Jinping prevent corruption?

Lots of political experts and experienced journalists outside China hold that Xi is fighting a hopeless war against corruption as the essential means to prevent corruption is transparency in the government, which is precisely what China is short of.

There can be transparency in local governments. Xi Jinping’s mass line campaign allows common people to supervise local governments. That will lead to transparency in local governments.

However, what about the three black boxes described in my book Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements Expanded 2nd Edition.

Regarding the first black box, the Politburo Standing Committee (PSC) of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), people often see its members in CCTV primetime news, but its operation is a well-guarded secret.

There is little information available about the second black box, the powerful elders who rule China behind the scene. Reports about powerful elders’ activities are few and far between.

The third black box the secret police that plays the role of America’s CIA and FBI, is entirely off limit to the general public. Unlike in Mao era when people always felt that they were being watched by secret police, now most people even do not sense the existence of secret police. However, secret police are keeping a close watch on political dissidents, official conspiracies and foreign spies without our knowledge.

Unless a thorough political reform or transformation has taken place, the above-mentioned three essential parts of Chinese government will remain black boxes even when there is transparency in most other parts of the government. Of course, functions concerning security will remain state secrets just like such functions of America’s CIA and FBI.

Are there any other ways out?

China’s traditional Confucianism advocates education by good examples and benevolence to move the people to be good. However, there are always bad elements that cannot be reformed by education or examples.

Confucianism shall certainly be supplemented by some means to deal with the bad elements.

In his masterpiece Han Fei Tzu, China’s top Legalist taught sovereigns to rule common people by law and control officials by awe, tricks and intrigues.

Awe is a must.

Over the past few decades, awe has indeed played a vital role in Chinese politics. The awe created by Tiananmen Protests enabled Jiang Zemin to carry through the reform Deng Xiaoping and Zhao Ziyang had difficulties to carry out. It also enabled Jiang to successfully carry out a coup to substitute intellectuals’ dominance of the Party and state for uneducated workers’ and peasants’.

In my previous post, I mentioned that the awe created by shocking US victory in Gulf War had prevented quite a lot of bad elements’ activities due to their fear of US strength. Al Qaeda did not dare to admit that they attacked the US on September 11, 1991 while Russia dared not veto West’s resolution on Libya.

There are lots of trouble when there is no longer such awe now in the world as US failures in its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have given the world the impression the US is not invincible. Al Qaeda openly wants to set up an Islamic state while Russia wants to annex parts of Ukraine. They are now bold enough to openly challenge the US. Restoration of the awe is now US first priority in maintaining world order.

Trick and intrigue are sometimes unavoidable.

In my book, I describe how the legal and democracy faction used trick and intrigue to bring down Bo Xilai, the head of the powerful conservative faction.

For Xi, he has to create the awe so that corrupt official dare not commit corruption. In late 2013, he placed under house arrest a powerful elder Zhou Yongkang referred to by Western media as security Tsar. If he succeeds in punishing powerful elder Zhou and retired top general Xu Caihou, he will create the awe he needs as all the corrupt officials however high their ranks and great their influence will be scared.

Corrupt officials countered by spreading the fear among corruption fighters: Beware of powerful officials’ retaliation when you have offended so many of them.

Xi fought back by dining at a fast food restaurant for common people in late December last year. He gave the impression: Yes, I have offended lots of powerful corrupt officials, but I am not afraid of retaliation. I did other leaders did not dare to do in dining among the general public without any fear of assassination.

This was not an act to show that he was close to the people. He had shown that in quite a few visits to common people. This was a predetermined brave act to intensify the awe created by his anti-corruption storm. It told corrupt officials that he was not afraid of death in carrying through his fight against corruption.

SCMP’s report today “More stressed officials taking their own lives as corruption crackdown presses on” tells us how the awe created by Xi works.

It says, “Last month alone, six officials committed suicide, according to media reports. Two, from Henan and Hubei respectively, left letters saying they were depressed; one was reported to have accepted bribes.

“Experts say President Xi Jinping’s intense corruption crackdown has put enormous stress on corrupt officials.”

Source: Chan Kai Yee Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements Expanded 2nd edition

Source: SCMP “More stressed officials taking their own lives as corruption crackdown presses on”

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China’s CCP Dynasty with a Core like an Emperor


I was invited by Linkedin to publish my post there yesterday. The following is my second post there. I am grateful that Linkedin provides me with a forum to make known my views to quite a few of its members. They certainly can buy or borrow my book to read but perhaps it’s too long and boring. I will give them some most interesting parts of it and hope that they may find my posts entertaining. The following is my second post that I hope viewers of this website may find it interesting:

Some people oppose this description of China’s political system on the ground that the dynasty is not hereditary and would rather regard it as a Leninist system like the Soviet Union.

They do not know the great difference between Chinese and Soviet systems. In the Soviet Union when one is elected to the top post of the communist party, he naturally has the power as the head of the party, but that is not the case in China. Let me quote some passages of Chapter 6 of my book Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements:

One thing quite interesting in Chinese politics is that there are no definition, codes or rules whatever about the power of an emperor in the past and the core (paramount leader) of CCP (Chinese Communist Party) now. In fact, even if there are some codes or rules, there is no institution or mechanism to enforce them.

An emperor could have absolute power like Emperor Shihuangdi of Qin (259-221 BC), but might have almost no power like Shihuangdi’s successor Huhai, whose power was usurped by Zhao Gao, a eunuch. Zhao Gao even dared to give Huhai a stag as a gift and told Huhai that the stag was a wonderful horse. Huhai protested, “It is a stag not a horse”, but most of the officials in the court echoed Zhao Gao’s view as Zhao Gao had already usurped almost all the power and would punish those who dared to challenge him. Huhai was later killed by Zhao Gao.

Seeing that the sovereign power in quite a few states was usurped by powerful courtiers at the end of the Period of Warring States (476-221 BC), Han Fei Tzu, a Legalist master, wrote a book entitled Han Fei Tzu to teach sovereigns of state the art for being an emperor. He taught sovereigns to use law to govern the people and power, tricks and intrigues to control the officials. Emperor Shihuangdi praised the book highly and adopted Han Fei Tzu’s ways to rule the country. However, Han Fei Tzu’s way is to control officials with awe. The book gives the advice that a sovereign must keep a distance from everyone including his family members, relatives and officials and trust no one. That is certainly not a good way and a sovereign will thus have no friends and lead a lonely life.

Shihuangdi acted just like that. He killed his biological father Lu Buwei when Lu became too powerful and sent his eldest son Prince Fusu to the border to defend the empire against enemy in the north. When he died, in his imperial edict he wanted Prince Fusu to succeed him, but his eunuch Zhao Gao and Prime Minister Li Si replaced it with a fabricated edict to have Prince Huhai to be the successor and Prince Fusu killed. From this we can see the greatest problem in Han Fei Tzu’s art for being an emperor is that after a sovereign has died there will be no powerful loyal courtiers to ensure smooth succession. That was the root cause for Shihuangdi’s sons’ tragedy.

As mentioned above, at first, Deng Xiaoping wanted to establish a system of collective leadership in the Party, but later changed his mind and wanted the collective leadership to have a core. This idea about a core for the Party is perhaps realistic for the Party because for thousands of years, China has to have a highly centralized power center. However, the succession to a core is now the most difficult problem for the Party. For a hereditary dynasty, when a proper heir succeeded a deceased emperor, he first of all had the legitimacy to take over the power as an emperor though he still needed to strengthen his powerbase. Due to the dominance of distorted Confucianism, most scholars were loyal to the proper successor; therefore, it was easy for the successor to make his officials obey him.

For the Party, the best way to have a successor to the core is to appoint the successor the posts of general secretary and concurrently the CMC (Central Military Commission) chairman, but as mentioned in Chapter 1, that general secretary and CMC chairman may only be a “daughter-in-law”. He has to obey the instructions of the core who will be the “mother-in-law”, or to a number of powerful elders, i.e. several “mothers-in-law” if there is no core.

From this, we can see how serious China’s problems are. Even in a developing country such as India, Indonesia or the Philippines, when a person is elected the prime minister or president, he naturally has the power of his office as soon as he has been elected in the parliament or inaugurated. In China, however, a Party leader elected by the Party central committee may be powerless and the country may remain dominated by the elders who hold no official posts at all. In order to really have power and be firmly established, the leader has to gradually establish his powerbase and become the core. Even if he is lucky enough to really succeed in establishing his powerbase, it will take at least several years. Anyway, it is a very difficult process because he should be skilled in applying the art for being an emperor.

In Jiang Zemin’s case, when he was appointed the general secretary and CMC chairman, he had no real power and was still not the core. How did he obtained and has maintained the status as the core? Though the first edition of this book gave a description about that in early 2010, it remained a mystery to many people especially people outside China. Most of them did not even realize that Jiang remained the core until September 28, 2012 when Jiang Zemin presided over a Politburo meeting that made decisions with his power of final say as the core of CCP leadership on major pending issues related to the 18th Party Congress and Bo Xilai.

Prior to the meeting Bo Xilai had already been placed under house arrest, but CCP had not yet been able to make a decision whether Bo should be punished and how Bo should be punished if he was to be punished. The serious disagreement even made it impossible to decide by September 27 the date of the 18th Congress to be held in November.
It had already been found through investigation the crimes of corruption committed by Bo himself and through his wife, but as no decision had been made to punish Bo, Bo and his wife’s corruption was simply not even mentioned in the trial of Bo’s wife’s murder case. In the trial of Bo’s protégé Wang Lijun, though the incident of Bo slapping Wang was mentioned, Bo was referred to as a responsible official to avoid mentioning Bo’s name. Bo remained untouchable. Obviously the reformists under Hu Jintao were not strong enough to make the decision to punish Bo. Only Jiang who remained the core could do and has actually done that.

The decision on punishing Bo was the final outcome of the power struggle between the reformists publicly represented by Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao and the conservatives headed by Bo Xilai. As mentioned above, the major issue of the struggle was the evaluation of Mao. Jiang Zemin only made a decision on punishing Bo’s crimes, but has not touched the issue of the evaluation.

The issue is left to Xi Jinping to deal with. Xi skillfully applied the art for being an emperor to satisfactorily deal with it. That will be described later in this book.

The above may be too long so that I will stop here. Those who are interested and have the patience to read the quite long book will find answers to the questions they may have after reading the above passages.

Source: Chan Kai Yee “Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements Expanded 2nd Edition”


Buy Print Version of My Book at Amazon US for US$13.50 in June


I have checked Amazon website and found that Amazon provides 10% discount on my 50% reduced price of US$15.00; therefore, I hereby give advice to those who intend to buy the print version of my book Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements Expanded 2nd Edition that they had better buy the book at amazon.com for US$13.50 using the following link:

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Description of my book Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements Expanded 2nd Edition can be find in my post “Big Discounts on My Book to Commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Tiananmen” at http://tiananmenstremendousachievements.wordpress.com/2014/06/10/heavy-discounts-on-my-book-to-commemorate-the-25th-anniversary-of-tiananmen/

The 50% discount is only available in June to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests. Amazon’s 10% discount has nothing to do with me. It is up to Amazon to decide whether it will continue to provide the 10% discount after June. If it does, the price of the printed version of my book after June will be US$27.00 instead of US$30.00 at amazon.com after June.


Buy Kindle version of my book 70% off in June at MXN38.66 from Mexico


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It takes lots of time for me to get the prices of the Kindle version of my book reduced by 70% to MXN38.66 in Mexico equivalent to US$2.99 in the United States. Please use the following link:

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Description of my book Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements Expanded 2nd Edition can be find in my post “Big Discounts on My Book to Commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Tiananmen” at http://tiananmenstremendousachievements.wordpress.com/2014/06/10/heavy-discounts-on-my-book-to-commemorate-the-25th-anniversary-of-tiananmen/

The discount is only available in June to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests.

Note:
Those who order from the United States, Australia, Brazil, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico and Spain can enjoy the 70% discount at the price in their own currencies equivalent to the price in US dollars if they order the book from their own countries.

Those who order the Kindle version from the countries other than the above-listed countries may have to pay higher prices as prices vary due to tax and other factors according to Amazon.com. For example, those who order the Kindle version of my book from Hong Kong have to pay 4.99 US dollars per copy. I really do not know why, but that is the fact.

To avoid paying a higher price, I suggest that people in other countries had better use the US link to order the book and pay $2.99 in US dollars, but I do not know whether it is allowed. Better try.


Buy Kindle version of my book 70% off in June at CDN$3.27 from Canada


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It takes lots of time for me to get the prices of the Kindle version of my book reduced by 70% to CDN$3.27 in Canada equivalent to US$2.99 in the United States. Please use the following link:

http://www.amazon.ca/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=B00KTF095W

Description of my book Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements Expanded 2nd Edition can be find in my post “Big Discounts on My Book to Commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Tiananmen” at http://tiananmenstremendousachievements.wordpress.com/2014/06/10/heavy-discounts-on-my-book-to-commemorate-the-25th-anniversary-of-tiananmen/

The discount is only available in June to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests.

Note:
Those who order from the United States, Australia, Brazil, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico and Spain can enjoy the 70% discount at the price in their own currencies equivalent to the price in US dollars if they order the book from their own countries.

Those who order the Kindle version from the countries other than the above-listed countries may have to pay higher prices as prices vary due to tax and other factors according to Amazon.com. For example, those who order the Kindle version of my book from Hong Kong have to pay 4.99 US dollars per copy. I really do not know why, but that is the fact.

To avoid paying a higher price, I suggest that people in other countries had better use the US link to order the book and pay $2.99 in US dollars, but I do not know whether it is allowed. Better try.


Buy Kindle version of my book 70% off in June at B$6.72 from Brazil


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It takes lots of time for me to get the prices of the Kindle version of my book reduced by 70% to B$6.72 in Brazil equivalent to US$2.99 in the United States. Please use the following link:

http://www.amazon.com.br/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?__mk_pt_BR=%C3%85M%C3%85%C5%BD%C3%95%C3%91&url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=B00KTF095W

Description of my book Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements Expanded 2nd Edition can be find in my post “Big Discounts on My Book to Commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Tiananmen” at http://tiananmenstremendousachievements.wordpress.com/2014/06/10/heavy-discounts-on-my-book-to-commemorate-the-25th-anniversary-of-tiananmen/

The discount is only available in June to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests.

Note:
Those who order from the United States, Australia, Brazil, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico and Spain can enjoy the 70% discount at the price in their own currencies equivalent to the price in US dollars if they order the book from their own countries.

Those who order the Kindle version from the countries other than the above-listed countries may have to pay higher prices as prices vary due to tax and other factors according to Amazon.com. For example, those who order the Kindle version of my book from Hong Kong have to pay 4.99 US dollars per copy. I really do not know why, but that is the fact.

To avoid paying a higher price, I suggest that people in other countries had better use the US link to order the book and pay $2.99 in US dollars, but I do not know whether it is allowed. Better try.


Buy Kindle version of my book 70% off in June at EUR2.68 from Spain


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It takes lots of time for me to get the prices of the Kindle version of my book reduced by 70% to EUR2.68 in Spain equivalent to US$2.99 in the United States. Please use the following link:

http://www.amazon.es/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?__mk_es_ES=%C3%85M%C3%85%C5%BD%C3%95%C3%91&url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=B00KTF095W&sprefix=B00KT%2Caps&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3AB00KTF095W

Description of my book Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements Expanded 2nd Edition can be find in my post “Big Discounts on My Book to Commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Tiananmen” at http://tiananmenstremendousachievements.wordpress.com/2014/06/10/heavy-discounts-on-my-book-to-commemorate-the-25th-anniversary-of-tiananmen/

The discount is only available in June to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests.

Note:
Those who order from the United States, Australia, Brazil, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico and Spain can enjoy the 70% discount at the price in their own currencies equivalent to the price in US dollars if they order the book from their own countries.

Those who order the Kindle version from the countries other than the above-listed countries may have to pay higher prices as prices vary due to tax and other factors according to Amazon.com. For example, those who order the Kindle version of my book from Hong Kong have to pay 4.99 US dollars per copy. I really do not know why, but that is the fact.

To avoid paying a higher price, I suggest that people in other countries had better use the US link to order the book and pay $2.99 in US dollars, but I do not know whether it is allowed. Better try.


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