China’s Xi condemns ‘cliques’ and ‘conspiracies’ within party

Chinese President Xi Jinping waits for leaders to arrive before the opening ceremony in the Expo Center at the fourth Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) summit in Shanghai May 21, 2014. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo

Chinese President Xi Jinping waits for leaders to arrive before the opening ceremony in the Expo Center at the fourth Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) summit in Shanghai May 21, 2014. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo

China’s President Xi Jinping condemned “cliques”, “conspiracies” and “fraud” within upper echelons of the Communist Party and said there were urgent problems to be addressed, state media reported on Wednesday.

Xi is nearly four years into an unprecedented crackdown on corruption which he has said threatens the party’s survival. His campaign has brought down scores of senior officials in the party, the government, the military and state-owned enterprises.

“Political life in the party has been good in general terms, but there are also prominent problems which remain in urgent need of addressing,” the official Xinhua news agency cited Xi as saying in a speech at the meeting.

These problems include a lack of faith in the party, lax discipline, fraud and corruption, “money worship”, nepotism, and a trade in official positions, Xi said.

“Especially an extremely small minority of people among high-level cadres have swelling political ambitions, crave power, pay lip service, form cliques and gangs, and seek power and position and other political conspiracies,” Xi said.

He compared China’s “political ecology” to environmental ecology, saying that once they are polluted “a great price must be paid to recover them”.

Jailed former domestic security chief, Zhou Yongkang, and other fallen senior officials, are examples of the “economic” and “political” problems plaguing the party, he said.

There has been repeated speculation at home and abroad – and sources with ties to the leadership have told that President Xi’s crackdown is as much about Xi taking down his enemies as it is about cleaning up the party. But Xi has denied any form of power struggle.

The breadth of the expanded campaign has created uncertainty and even fear for some in the party, but it has proved popular with a public fed up with corruption among civil servants.

The speech was released along with the texts of two documents set out at a key party meeting last week, one on party discipline and another on what China calls “intra-Party supervision”, intended to ensure its members are clean in the absence of an independent anti-corruption body which the country says it does not need.

At the meeting Xi was named “core” of the party, a title that marks a significant strengthening of Xi’s position ahead of an important party congress next year, at which a new Standing Committee, the pinnacle of power in China, will be constituted.

A senior party official, Deng Maosheng, said this week that there must be “flexibility” on age limits for China’s top leaders, hinting at a possible shift in party guidelines that could give Xi more leeway in the shuffling of top posts.

Under previously observed age norms, Xi’s current anti-corruption tsar Wang Qishan would be too old to begin another Standing Committee term.

(Reporting by Michael Martina; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)

Source: Reuters “China’s Xi condemns ‘cliques’ and ‘conspiracies’ within party”

Note: This is Reuters report I post here for readers’ information. It does not mean that I agree or disagree with the report’ views.


2 Comments on “China’s Xi condemns ‘cliques’ and ‘conspiracies’ within party”

  1. Steve says:

    China was facing a plague of political corruption to national disaster. Without President Xi, China’s economy, military and political governance could be facing a Chinexit from its superpower status. The downfall would be an embarrassment and national disaster to the Han Chinese Political System.

    The US is at a stage of Amerexit, from political hegemonism to national disaster. Hegemonism is corruption resulting in illegal invasion of sovereign countries, genocidal wars, declining another nation’s economy into poverty, looting of sovereign resources and slaughtering of human lives on the pretext of lies and deceit.

    Everyone suffers from greed, anger and delusion, its a question of capacity and bad karma. The only solution to subduing political greed, ignorance and arrogance is Education. When China started to promote Confucianism on a national level especially to youth, the foundation of filiality,
    respect and harmonious relationships has now being planted. The values and principles of Confucianism and Han Chinese Buddhism should always be promoted without any political conditions. One of the most important reason why Chinese culture is still the only one standing today compared to the Egyptian is because Han Buddhism and Confucianism shaped Chinese culture in a variety of areas such as art, politics, literature, philosophy, Chinese medicine, etc.

    Daily Human lives are based on logical reasoning usually for self benefits and advantages, but governing a country and it’s people requires political wisdom and high standards of morality.


  2. Fre Okin says:

    People like Zhou Yongkang and Bo Xi Lai bring shame to the Chinese people. These are very narrow minded politicians who sacrifice China’s development and national security by having unqualified corrupt people around them.

    Most criminals are ignorant of the power of the Internet to track them down. They should be educated how easy it is to catch them. They should know many who escaped with billions to US, Canada, Australia are now caught and sent home.

    Xi probably have the benefit of his daughter study in US to give him a better understanding how a competent government operate that help US stay strong. A corrupt country can never be strong and Xi must weed out corruption, especially at the top to ensure China stay strong. The corrupt officials in China live in their own little world unaware of the massive harm they do to themselves and China.

    A party leader cannot possibly become very rich except through corruption and insider knowledge. Abuse of political power only cause discontent and disrespect, damaging China’s domestic and national security interest.

    There was even suspicion a former Hu aid gave intel to US to protect himself and his family. This is how disastrous corruption could cause to China, so Xi must weed them out completely to prevent another such episode.

    Communist party members should be reminded if they want to enrich themselves they should leave the party and try to get rich from their own private effort. Being part of the government, having guanxi should never be the ticket to great wealth.

    Chinese civil leaders should understand they are just ordinary people, not VIP. This is not feudal times.

    An exception should be made for Wang Qishan to continue his excellent job. Artificial age restriction should be removed and competent people like Wang should continue to stay on.