Coups in the CCP

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Failed coup before the 19th Party Congress

  What happened  

  • In July 2017, Chongqing chief Sun Zhengcai was removed from his post and investigated by the anti-corruption agency. Meanwhile, PLA chief of the joint staff Fang Fenghui and Central Military Commission Political Work Department head Zhang Yang were removed from their posts in late August 2017.

  What we said  

  • Sun Zhengcai, Fang Fenghui, and Zhang Yang were purged because Xi was “stopping a coup attempt by the Jiang Zemin political faction.”


   When we said it    





Top securities regulator Liu Shiyu criticizes Sun Zhengcai and a handful of purged Jiang faction members of having “plotted to usurp the Party leadership.”


Zhang Yang committed suicide while under house arrest, according to state media. He was being investigated over his links with purged military vice chairs Guo Boxiong and Xu Caihou, who were accused of seeking to “wreck and split the Party.”




Fang Fenghui is officially investigated. The South China Morning Post reports that Fang is closely associated with Guo Boxiong and Xu Caihou.



CCP General Office director Ding Xuexiang said at a meeting that "virtually all high-level officials who were probed for corruption were guilty of political misconduct. These officials partook in vote buying, formed cliques and factions, and some even sought to usurp the Party leadership.”


State media announce the expulsion of Fang Fenghui and Zhang Yang from the Communist Party.