In the past few years, at least 5 deputy secretaries of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection have served as the “top leaders” of the State Council.
[Epoch Times, February 21, 2021](Reported by Epoch Times reporter Gu Qinger) Since taking office, Xi Jinping has always emphasized “strengthening the party’s leadership” and strengthening his power. Recently, internal documents obtained by Epoch Times revealed that the CCP’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection had meddled in government affairs and directly requested local governments to “return to work.” Judging from all indications, Xi continued to reduce Li’s power and compressed Li’s power. And Li Keqiang’s remarks at the two sessions last year were also regarded as the so-called “poverty alleviation” of Xi’s face.
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Exclusive: Document Leaked, Central Commission for Discipline Inspection Intervenes in Government Affairs to Guide Local “Resume Work”
Recently, Epoch Times received the “Letter on Communicating Relevant Opinions of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection” from the Shijiazhuang Municipal Commission for Discipline Inspection on May 25, 2020. The document mentions that on May 9, 2020, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection conducted a survey on the “promotion of epidemic prevention and control and economic and social development” in Shijiazhuang City.
The document first requires party committees at all levels: “Party committees at all levels should pay more attention to small and micro enterprises while focusing on large-scale enterprises,” and “take more powerful and targeted assistance measures.”
Then, the document puts forward requirements for all localities and departments at all levels: “All levels and departments must increase the promotion of policies related to the resumption of work and production”, “Promote the implementation of the policy to take effect.” In particular, we must do a good job in safety production and product quality.”
Current political commentator Li Linyi said that this document is an investigation by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the local “resumption of work and production” situation in Shijiazhuang, and even put forward requirements for “safe production” and “product quality.” This part is not under the jurisdiction of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection and should be the responsibility of the State Council and local governments. This is because the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection is interfering in government affairs.
On January 22 this year, Xi Jinping emphasized at the Fifth Plenary Session of the 19th Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Communist Party of China to “ensure that the goals and tasks during the 14th Five-Year Plan period are implemented.”
On January 25, Li Keqiang presided over a meeting of the State Council Party Group. He learned from Xi’s speech at the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection and called for “strengthening the government system to govern the party strictly,” and “promoting the sustained and healthy economic and social development.”
Li Linyi believes that the so-called “14th Five-Year Plan” of the CCP mainly focuses on economic development, and it has now become one of the key contents of the future supervision of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection. In other words, in the next few years, in order to achieve Xi’s 14th Five-Year Plan, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection will strictly supervise economic officials and even the State Council.
Li Linyi said that Li Keqiang’s meeting of the State Council was, in a sense, a statement to Xi: accepting supervision, and at the same time, must promote the economy.
The power of Li Keqiang, deputy secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, was compressed
The forces of the Central Discipline Inspection Commission are targeting the State Council, which has already performed before. In the past few years, at least five deputy secretaries of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection have served as the “top leaders” of the State Council.
From November 2016 to January 2017, four deputy secretaries of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection were transferred to ministers of the State Council: Chen Wenqing was transferred to the Minister of National Security; Huang Shuxian was the Minister of Civil Affairs; Yang Xiaodu was the Minister of Supervision; and Zhang Jun was the Minister of Justice. Yang Xiaodu and Zhang Jun were respectively promoted to directors of the State Supervision Commission and chief prosecutor of the Supreme Procuratorate after the 19th National Congress.
On December 26, 2020, two deputy secretaries of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection took up their new posts, and one of them went to the State Council: Chen Xiaojiang was appointed as the deputy head of the Central United Front Work Department and the director of the National Ethnic Affairs Commission.
Among the senior officials of the State Council, Liu He, the current Vice Premier of the State Council and Director of the Office of the Central Finance and Economics Leading Group, and He Lifeng, the head of the Development and Reform Commission of the Communist Party of China, are confidants of Xi. Vice Premier Han is a member of the Jiang faction. These personnel appointments are considered to be Xi’s suppression of Li Keqiang.
The book “Superpower Showdown” (Note: This book was written by two “Wall Street Journal” reporters and is called “Super Power Showdown” in Chinese) mentions Xi Jinping’s conversation with the then Deputy Prime Minister Ma Kai in 2013.
In this conversation, Xi Jinping asked Ma Kai whether the Party Central Committee or the State Council is more effective in terms of economic operations.
Ma Kai replied, “North Campus.”
The North Court of Zhongnanhai is the seat of the State Council, and the South Court is the seat of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.
Xi Jinping: “I think it may not be.”
Based on this comment, some overseas media believe that Ma Kai’s statement ruined Li Keqiang.
Xi has successively reduced Li Keqiang’s power and Li’s remarks in the NPC and CPPCC are accused of “poverty alleviation”
Over the past period of time, the voices of conflict between Xi and Li have been heard constantly. Xi reduced Li Keqiang’s power on multiple occasions.
According to the practice of the “Two Sessions” of the Chinese Communist Party, the sector that the General Secretary attended on the first day was determined according to the situation of the year. The CPPCC sub-committee that the Premier visited on the first day must be of the economic category, and his speech was regarded by the outside world as the weather vane of the Chinese Communist government’s macro policy that year, and the weight was higher than that of the then General Secretary.
The “Two Sessions” in late May 2020 broke the convention.
On May 23, Xi Jinping first went to the economic sector to give a speech. On the same day, Li Keqiang attended the joint meeting of the Association for Science and Technology and the science and technology sector. Some commentators believe that this demonstrates Xi’s principle of “party management of the economy.”
At the “Two Sessions” on March 4, 2019, Xi Jinping first went to the fields of culture, art and social sciences, and participated in the joint meeting. Li Keqiang went to the China Democratic National Construction Association and the Federation of Industry and Commerce to jointly discuss economic affairs.
Another example is the “17+1” video summit of the leaders of the Communist Party of China and Central and Eastern European countries on February 9 this year. The CCP-CEEC leaders’ meeting, which should have been attended by Li Keqiang, became Xi hosted the summit.
According to public information, Li Keqiang has attended all the CCP-CEEC summits since 2013.
Although Li Keqiang is losing power, some of Li’s remarks are considered to be slapped Xi Jinping.
At the end of May 2020, Li Keqiang stated at a press conference after the CCP’s “Two Sessions” that “600 million people in China have an average monthly income of about 1,000 yuan.”
Comments on the Twitter account “Cold Eyes of Finance” believe that since the “Keqiang Economics” was suppressed by Xi Jinping in 2013, Li Keqiang’s authority as prime minister has been continuously narrowed. This time, Li broke the news that 600 million people earn less than 1,000 yuan a month. It can be said to be a kind of resistance. He attacked Xi Jinping’s so-called “Chinese dream, a community with a shared future for mankind, and a well-off society by 2020.”
After that, Caixin.com, which is closely related to Wang Qishan, published “Where are these 600 million people with monthly income of less than 1,000 yuan?” “The Bureau of Statistics responds to 600 million people with a monthly income of 1,000 yuan: with data to confirm” and many articles like Li Keqiang.
At the “two sessions” that year, Li Keqiang also publicly promoted the “floor market economy,” which once aroused heated discussions. Within a few days, the topic of “floor stall economy” suddenly cooled down. The Beijing Municipal Government of Xi’s close friend Cai Qi even stated that it will continue to ban street stalls, which is interpreted by the outside world as “Xi Li has different tunes.”
The inspection team approved the analysis of the Energy Bureau: Li Keqiang lost face
Recently, the CCP’s Sixth Ecological and Environmental Protection Supervision Group (hereinafter referred to as the Supervisory Group) rarely approved the National Energy Administration (hereinafter referred to as the Energy Administration) under the State Council.
On January 29, the inspection team reported the ecological environment inspection to the Energy Bureau. The inspection team criticized the energy bureau’s many problems with unusually sharp words. For example, the work of the Energy Administration has “a gap” with Xi Jinping’s requirements; the deterioration of the Energy Administration’s political ecology has also had a serious impact on the implementation of relevant requirements for ecological and environmental protection.
The inspection team also approved the Bureau of Energy to “do not build what should be built, and build what should not be built”; there are many major energy projects and major project development and construction tasks, and there are few requirements for supporting ecological environmental protection measures; and the requirements for ecological environmental protection are insufficient.
Although the CCP authorities claimed that the Central Ecological and Environmental Protection Inspectorate was an action approved by the CCP Central Committee and the State Council, Li Linyi believes that, no matter how far the board hits Li Keqiang’s National Energy Administration, Li has lost face and Xi Li has cracked. At the same time, this move by the Xi authorities also means to continue to crack down on the Jiang faction, because the Energy Bureau has always been controlled by the Jiang faction. The two heads of the Energy Bureau, Liu Tienan and Nur Bekri, who were previously dismissed are considered to have Jiang faction background.
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