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    CCP catches their big "tiger"

    Ever since President Xi Jinping launched his anti-corruption campaign, he has promised to not only catch the "small flies" but also the "big tigers". Well, now there is an official announcement that he has caught the biggest tiger of all, former politiboro standing committee member and security tsar Zhou Yongkang:

    China announces corruption probe into former security chief Zhou Yongkang | South China Morning Post

    Now the announcement is that Zhou is under investigation for disciplinary violations, which is code word for corruption. As security tsar, he wielded immense power and made him deeply unpopular with the masses. So few would shed a tear to see his downfall. Zhou was also the power behind Bo Xilai. Now with Bo busted, it was only a matter of time before Xi went after Zhou himself.

    Still, this is big news, never before had a standing committee member been put under investigation for corruption, since there was an unwritten rule that they would be immune from investigation/prosecution once they attain that rank. After all, the standing committee is only one level below Xi Jinping himself, it is the party organ that decide the major policy direction of the country. Simply put, it controls the country with Xi. So this reflects the ferocity of the power struggle that Xi has broken that rule to go after Zhou.

    The question is, now that Xi has gotten what he wanted, will this corruption campaign wind down?

    Last edited by Watercooler; 29-07-2014 at 07:40 PM.

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    Tigers are endangered. Corrupt Chinese officials are not.


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    Perhaps they will use his body parts to make medicine?


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    Posted in record time. I just saw the news alerts at 650ish.


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    One goes, another will take his place. Meanwhile Xi consolidates his power base.

    Corruption crackdown my arse. Good old fashioned purge more like.

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    Agree TB, if they got rid of all the corrupt there would be no one left. All to do with getting rid of anyone who can challenge the grip on power.


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    Quote Originally Posted by shri
    Posted in record time. I just saw the news alerts at 650ish.
    Read it first on Geoexpat!
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    Quote Originally Posted by hullexile
    Agree TB, if they got rid of all the corrupt there would be no one left. All to do with getting rid of anyone who can challenge the grip on power.
    Yes, obviously, the investigation most likely stem from political calculations to eliminate any threat to Xi (and his faction).

    However, unlike old purges, this corruption issue is not completely a smoke screen to hide Xi's true intentions. There is a legitimate element to the corruption crackdown (only up to a point of course). Xi knows the rampant corruption in the last few years have severely damaged the image of the party and he needs to do something drastic about it (but at the same time not hurt CCP's hold on power). And what better way to do it then to bring down his political rival with corruption. Kill two birds in one stone. Eliminate rival and bolster your corruption-fighting image.

    To bring down someone as senior as Zhou, Xi most likely negotiated with influential party elders. So a compromise most likely was reached. In return for letting Xi go after Zhou, Xi may very well have promised not to investigate the corrupt dealings of the party elders and their families.


    So for Xi's allies, they can carry out their corrupt dealings, but at the same time ordered to stay under the radar while doing it (i.e. not get as extreme/greedy as Zhou). For the rank-and-file CCP members however, there would be some impact. Albeit maybe not so drastic as to cost all of them their jobs, but the message has been sent to tone down their corrupted activities.

    Bottom line, those who are protected will still be corrupt, those who are not, the regular CCP members, will likely tone down their bribery somewhat. So maybe there might even be a real net reduction in overall corruption, even if it is rather superficial.
    Last edited by Watercooler; 29-07-2014 at 10:01 PM.

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    After Kim Jong Un executed his own uncle, who was just below the chubby hamster himself on a power scale, nothing commies do surprises me anymore


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    Quote Originally Posted by tabletop
    ...chubby hamster...
    WHAT did you call Watercooler?!
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