A top Chinese official recently revealed that the Chinese President Xi Jinping has successfully thwarted a coup by top former Chinese politicians, especially those who were at the receiving end of the President’s high profile anti-graft campaign.
According to a statement by Liu Shiyu, chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission, Xi, who is also the General Secretary of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC), has literally saved his party from a coup plotted by former politicians of the ruling party itself.
This stunning revelation was made by Liu on the sidelines of the ongoing national congress of the CPC, held once in five years, in Beijing, informed an article by Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post. In his speech, Liu also accused a string of disgraced cadres of plotting to seize the reins of power:
“[Xi] addressed the cases of Bo Xilai, Zhou Yongkang, Ling Jihua, Xu Caihou, Guo Boxiong and Sun Zhengcai. They had high positions and great power in the party, but they were hugely corrupt and plotted to usurp the party’s leadership and seize state power.”
Sun’s tragic fall from the party in July was seemingly a rewind of the dramatic downfall of one of his predecessors Chongqing Bo Xilai right ahead of the previous national congress of the CPC held half a decade ago.
Bo, who was once upheld as the main rival of Xi Jinping, is right now serving life imprisonment.
Although rumors have been gripping Beijing over likely fallout of Xi’s massive anti-corruption campaign against “tigers and flies” in which former security czar, Zhou Yongkang, Bo and host of top generals have been put to trials, this is the first time an official disclosed it.
Furthermore, a report by the state-run Xinhua news agency reported last month that Sun had not only been expelled from the party but has also been handed over to the judiciary for further investigation, there has no proper report yet revealed of the investigation.
In his revelation, Liu further said that Xi had taken great effort over the past five years to tackle corruption, which “seriously endangered the party’s ruling foundation and ability to govern.” Showering applause on the country’s President, Liu was also quoted saying:
“Xi Jinping, with the historical responsibility as a proletarian revolutionist … cleared up huge risks for the party and the country.”
In his statement at the inaugural meeting of the national congress of CPC, Liu devoted most of his three-and-half hours to pledge in favor of uprooting distractions from all the levels of the party.
It is to be noted that this massive anti-corruption campaign has seen over a million party officials being punished, thereby enabling Xi Jinping to emerge as the most powerful political head of the country, with a stern hold on both military and the Presidency.
The report by Post also quoted Wang Qishan, the country’s top graft-buster and the man widely seen as the country’s second most powerful man, divulging to China’s top political advisory body late last year that some cadres had tried to take over the party. He said:
“More seriously, some even sought to … seize party and state power, engaging in activities to split the party, and seriously threatening the nation’s political stability.”
According to reports, 440 senior officials of the CPC, including 43 top officials party at center, were investigated for graft in the last five years. A total of 278,000 grassroots party members and officials have been punished.