採訪/常春 編輯/李明飛 後製/鍾元
Unexpected Beijing Regime Central Leadership Reshuffle
The Beijing regime has began a new round of central
leadership reshuffling on the eve of the 18th Party Congress.
Official state media of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)
recently announced the regimes new appointments.
Li Jihua was named as the head
of the United Front Work Department (UFWD).
Former Guizhou Party Chief, Li Zhanshu, has taken over
as Director of General Office of the CCP Central Committee.
Analysts have different interpretations
of this news. Let's see their analyses.
On September 1, CCP state media Xinhua News Agency
announced Ling Jihua's new post as head of the UFWD.
Ling replaced predecessor Du Qinglin.
Li Zhanshu took over as the Director
of the CCP General Office.
Ling Jihua has held long-term posts in the Central
Communist Youth League Committee.
This included being Hu Jintao's secretary.
After serving in the general office of CCP Central Committee
for 17 years, Ling Jihua is deemed Hu Jintao's confidant.
Earlier rumors said that Ling might serve as Deputy
Party Chief of Beijing, Party Chief of Guangdong or as the Central Organization Minister.
Ling was even rumored to be entering the Politburo
Standing Committee at the 18th Party Congress.
Critic Lan Shu says that the UFWD ranks second
to the CCP Central Organization Department and Central Propaganda Department.
Ling Jihua failed to succeed as Central Organization Minister.
This indicates that Hu Jintao was subjected to resistance
in his arrangement of personnel for the 18th Congress.
Lan Shu: "The main reason isn't due to Ling Jihua himself.
It』s because Hu Jintao didn't take resolute actions
in handling the incidents of Wang Lijun and Bo Xilai.
Also, Hu Jintao didn't completely expose the evils
of the blood-debt faction, under Jiang Zemin's clique.
Nor did he thoroughly purge them.”
Following CCP customs, the UFWD chief
is not entitled to Politburo membership.
In the last 30 years, there is no record of a Politburo
member also holding the post of UFWD Chief.
Cirtic Lin Zixu states that the CCP has little chance
to arrange a Politburo Standing Committee member to also concurrently serve as the UFWD head.
Currently, Ling Jihua is the Party
Secretary of the Central Secretariat.
So, Ling is still a candidate for being a new Politburo member.
Lin Zixu says that Ling's role as head of the UFWD makes
it bewildering that if he would be short-listed for the Politburo.
Lin Zixu: "Until now, Bo Xilai hasn't been exempt from his
eligibility as a deputy to the 18th Party Congress.
All these show that Hu Jintao missed the best opportunities
to take actions, which has made things very helpless."
Normally, the head of the UFWD also serves as Vice
Chairman of the CCP's Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).
In the example of Du Qinglin, the just-retired head of the
UFWD and Wang Gang, former General Office director.
Both Du and Wang, in their tenures, concurrently
held the post of CPPCC vice chairman.
Commentator Han Wu says that a candidate
for the CPPCC Vice Chairman usually needs the experience of being a local senior official.
Ling Jihua doesn't have this background.
So it is likely to be Hu Jintao's special arrangement
to directly appoint Ling Jihua as head of the UFWD.
Han Wu: "I think this is paving the way for Ling Jihua
to act as Chairman of the National Committee
of CPPCC or Director of the Standing Committee
of National People's Congress.
This is a short cut to Ling Jihua's career path,
and he doesn't to get through local-level works.
So Hu Jintao's arrangement is quite scientific
and also rather cautious, I think."
The Director of the CCP General Office is in charge
of day-to-day operation of the CCP’s Central Committee.
The position is always taken by the core
advisor of the CCP top leader.
Han Wu, points out that Li Zhanshu, who took over this post,
actually announced Xi Jinping's new top leader status.
Li Zhanshu, 62, was once the Party Chief
of Communist Youth League of Hebei Province.
Sources allege Li Zhanshu has close ties with Xi Jinping.
Li and Xi once held office in neighboring counties in Hebei.
Li Zhanshu is thus considered the acceptable
candidate to both Hu Jintao and Xi Jinping.