Conflicting News on Bo Xilai’s Destiny


According to SCMP’s Shi Jiangtao’s report from Beijing today entitled “Next step this week in Bo’s fall from grace”, “NPC Standing Committee may vote to remove fallen Chongqing party chief from legislature, a precursor to his expulsion from the party.

 

“Disgraced former Chongqing party chief Bo Xilai is expected to be stripped of his membership of the legislature this week, as Beijing scrambles to put an end to the country’s worst political scandal in decades ahead of a once-in-a-decade leadership reshuffle.

 

“A decision on Bo, a Politburo member, will likely be put to a vote at the end of a five-day session of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee that began yesterday and is held every two months, say analysts.”

 

On the contrary, Singtao Daily says today in its report entitled “Bo Xilai Expected to Remain an NPC Deputy for the Time Being”: “As the 28th session of the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee scheduled from yesterday to Friday has an item on its agenda to ‘review the NPC membership of individual deputies’, people on the outside speculate that former Chongqing Party boss who is now under investigation, may be deprived of his NPC membership. However, upon this paper’s enquiry yesterday, a Chongqing People’s Congress official said that for the time being no meeting of Chongqing Municipality’s people’s congress standing committee will be held and no relevant instruction has been received from the central authority.

 

“Bo Xilai is an NPC deputy ‘elected’ by Chongqing; therefore, the procedure of his removal shall begin from the standing committee of Chongqing Municipal People’s Congress. This paper called Chongqing People’s Congress yesterday and learnt from an official who did not disclose his name, that according to the arrangement, the next meeting of the standing committee of the municipality’s people’s congress (its 36th meeting) is scheduled at the end of September.

 

“The official said that if the meeting is to be held earlier or an additional meeting is to be held, a meeting of the chairmen of the committee shall be held to make a decision on that. However, as no meeting of the chairmen has so far been held, it can roughly be certain that there would not be an additional meeting.”

 

Due to lack of transparency, media have to rely on speculation so that we shall expect that they are unable to provide accurate information. However, Singtao’s report this time may be better as it has contacted Chongqing people’s congress.

 

In addition, Singtao says: “Boxun.com reports that last week, Luo Lin, former director of the State Administration of Work Safety who is close to Bo Xilai, was placed under “Shuanggui” investigation (i.e. being required to give explanation on issues involved in his case at designated time and place where ‘at designated time and place’ often means under house arrest). According to the report, when Luo Lin was the director, he concealed for Chongqing and Liaoning when Bo was in charge there, quite a few accidents due to negligence such as serious coal production accidents and maritime distresses with death toll exceeding 10 each.”

via SCMP.com – Next step this week in Bo’s fall from grace.


SCMP: Guangzhou Police No 2 Detained


 

SCMP’s Mimi Lau reports from Guangzhou: “Deputy police chief, who allegedly took protection money from clubs, is one of the most senior officials snared in Guangdong‘s anti-graft drive

 

 

 

“The deputy police chief in Guangzhou is under investigation for corruption, making him one of the most high-profile officials to be targeted under Guangdong party leader Wang Yang’s anti-graft campaign.

 

 

 

“He Jing, 55, who was also the police spokesman in Guangzhou, was arrested on August 10 for ‘severely breaching [Communist Party] discipline’, local media reported yesterday, citing a Guangzhou anti-graft watchdog.

 

 

 

“Several police sources yesterday said that He allegedly charged fees to nightclubs and shady businesses in downtown Guangzhou and rural Huadu district in exchange for his protection. Other reports said He was suspected of buying and selling senior police appointments.”

 

 

 

“He is the most senior Guangzhou police official netted in Wang’s anti-graft campaign, launched this year, against corrupt officials, counterfeit goods and illegal market practices.

 

 

 

“More than 1,000 party officials and civil servants have been arrested as a result of the campaign since February.”

via SCMP.com – Guangzhou police No 2 detained.


SCMP: China’s Nuclear Arsenal Is Fully Mobile


 

SCMP says: “PLA claims it can launch nuclear missiles from anywhere on mainland, and calls the development an historic leap forward

 

 

 

“‘China‘s nuclear missiles can be launched quickly and accurately from anywhere on the mainland, a development described as being “far more mobile than imagined’.

 

 

 

“The People’s Liberation Army’s Second Artillery Corps said yesterday it had made a ‘strategic transformation’ in its weapons capability, and called it an historic leap forward.

 

 

 

“The news follows foreign reports last week that the corps had test-fired a new, road-mobile, third-generation intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) known as the Dongfeng-41 (DF-41) late last month. With an operational range of up to 14,000 kilometres and the ability to carry multiple nuclear warheads, it could reportedly threaten every American city.

 

 

 

“The PLA Daily said several brigades with the Second Artillery Corps had, this summer, successfully conducted numerous firing tests around deserts in the remote northwest, mountains and rivers in the northeast and jungles in southern areas.”

via SCMP.com – Nuclear arsenal is fully mobile.


SCMP: Concern over China’s Bridge Safety


SCMP says: “18 have collapsed since 2007, and experts point to rushed construction, ‘smart’ design and graft

 

“At least 18 bridges have collapsed on the mainland since 2007, killing 135 people, according to the records of the State Administration of Work Safety. Most had been in use for less than 15 years.

 

“The latest victims were three people killed on Friday when a 100-metre section of approach ramp snapped a bridge in Harbin, Heilongjiang.

 

“The true number of collapses could be higher because some cases are classified by the work safety agency under other categories such as natural disasters.

 

“Poor-quality construction is seldom singled out for blame by local authorities, though the collapse of a just-completed bridge in Fenghuang, Hunan, in 2007, in which 64 people were killed, is an exception. Instead flooding, overloaded vehicles or cargo ships hitting bridge supports are more often blamed.”

 

“Corruption had also led to poor-quality construction”, said an expert.

via SCMP.com – Concern over mainland bridge safety.


Suicidal Attack to Claim Privilege of Job Inheritance


People whether outside or within China regard the privilege enjoyed by princelings as disgusting, but inheritance has been China’s thousands years of tradition.

 

Marxism-Leninism advocates elimination of such feudal tradition so that the tradition was eliminated in the Soviet Union.

 

However, Mao “creatively developed” Marxism-Leninism by appointing his wife and nephew high official posts and thus creatively developed China’s traditional malpractice of inheritance. In addition, he stipulated that the entity where a worker had retired, should provide one of the worker’s children a job in the entity.

 

That must be the cream of Mao Zedong Thought; therefore, Bo Xilai, the princeling benefited by inheriting his father’s influence, launched a nationwide sing-red campaign to restore Maoism.

 

Common people shall also enjoy such privilege of inheritance since Maoism advocates egalitarianism. However, as Mao defied laws both human and divine, he certainly did not make such privilege an institutionalized one while the current leaders who uphold the rule of law do not think that it will be acceptable for Chinese people to write such privilege into law.

 

How shall common people protect their privilege of inheritance then? A woman in Shaoyang, Hunan adopted a tragic approach:

 

In its report “Three killed in attack over son’s job refusal”, SCMP says: “Woman in Hunan poured petrol on officials then lit it, after only one of her sons was employed

 

“At least three officials were killed and three were injured when a retired worker carrying bottles of petrol ran into a conference room at a water supply company in Hunan province yesterday and set fire to a group of Communist Party officials.”

 

“Shaoyang’s propaganda authorities said retired worker Shi Yanfei, furious after the company failed to give one of her sons a job, burst into the conference room, spilled petrol on the party officials and ignited it. Shi then jumped from the building and died later in hospital.”

 

“China News Service quoted Shaoyang propaganda officials as saying the retired worker was angry because the water company had only given one of her two sons a job.”

 

She “suspected the company’s party officials had given the other position to an acquaintance rather than her son. At state-owned companies on the mainland, it is still common for children to inherit their parents’ positions when they retire.”

 

“Some workers in Shaoyang said that positions inherited from parents enabled young workers to unfairly enjoy higher salaries and more favourable pension schemes than those recruited publicly.”

via SCMP.com – Three killed in attack over son’s job refusal.


Top Diplomat’s China Visit Enabled by Ambassador’s Stroke


Singtao Daily reports: Philippine ambassador to China’s recent stroke provided Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario with the opportunity to make an informal visit to China and meet Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi. It had been his first visit to China since the standoff between Chinese and Philippine boats at HuangyanIslands in mid-April

Chinese Foreign Affairs Ministry’s website reports: Yang and Rosario exchanged views on bilateral relations and issues of common concern in a positive atmosphere. Philippine spokesman Raul Hernandez said that the two countries’ foreign ministers discussed topics of mutual concern and their meeting was quite fruitful.

Meet Yang Jiechi to Discuss South China Sea Issues

It was reported that Rosario once complained to Philippine media, saying that due to the standoff at Huangyan Islands, his request for visiting China was rejected by China times and again. However, the accidental stroke suffered by Philippine ambassador to China Brady provided him with an excuse to visit China.

Brady, 71, had been retired, but when the disputes over sovereignty to the South China Sea fiercely intensified, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III asked her to serve as ambassador again, hoping that she might ease the tension between the two countries by her professional expertise in Chinese affairs. On August 22, she suffered a sudden a stroke at her official residence and was immediately hospitalized.


Military Aircraft of Unknown Nationality Circled around Chinese Ship


Ming Pao reports: A military aircraft of unknown nationality circled around the marine research ship “Shiyan 3” of the ChineseAcademy of Science, which has completed its continuous scientific research and inspection operations at Nansha sea area.

In the afternoon, a military aircraft of unknown nationality illegally entered China’s South China Sea area and flew two low circles closely around the ship and then left the ship.