What the Purge of Former Xinjiang Officials Say About the ‘CCP-ification’ of China and Factional Politics
◎ The following analysis was first published in the April 8, 2021 edition of our subscriber-only SinoWeekly Plus newsletter. Subscribe to SinoInsider to view past analyses in our newsletter archive.
◎ We wrote about Fang Fenghui’s involvement in a possible coup on Sept. 17. Two generals in China’s top military body planned to oust Chinese leader Xi Jinping in a military coup, according to a Hong Kong media report on Sept. 27. The two, former Chief of Joint Staff Fang Fenghui and former Political Work Department
◎ Since the start of the year, a total of 14 provincial discipline inspection chiefs and 12 discipline inspection team leaders have been replaced.
◎ Zhang Xiaoming’s promotion might seem like he has the approval of Xi Jinping, but the reality is quite different.
◎ America has in recent decades been handling North Korea very carefully out of concern that China would intervene in the event of a conflict.
Wang Qishan, the Chinese Communist Party’s anti-corruption chief, has recently been busy meeting high-profile foreign guests. Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist and Breitbart head, flew to Beijing from Hong Kong for a private meeting with Wang, according to the Financial Times (FT). The meeting took place after Bannon’s Sept. 12 talk at
◎ The factional deathmatch between Xi and Jiang is now entering a crucial phase.
◎ Historically, CCP leaders crafted and enshrined political theories when they faced a crisis of authority and needed to assert their dominance.
◎ We suspect Xi’s abrupt and drastic shake-up was triggered by a coup attempt by the Jiang faction.
◎ Chen Min’er is unlikely to succeed Xi due to his questionable and circumstantial rise through the ranks of the CCP.