AFP: Hu's Full Retreat
Agence France-Presse (AFP) revealed that Hu Jintao
is preparing to hand over all his power and duties to Xi Jinping,
the elected successor, and current chairman in early 2013,
with the premise that Li Keqiang, a go-getter trusted by Hu,
will serve as Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission
after the 18th National People's Congress (NPC).
Xi Jinping will be appointed as General Secretary of
the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in the 18th NPC in fall.
However, Xi can only be elected as Chairman of China
in March 2013 during the National Conference of the NPC.
After CCP's former leader Jiang Zemin no longer served
as the Chairman of China and the CCP's General Secretary,
he remained as the Chairman of the Central Military
Commission for up to two years.
Jiang's approach not only led to the dissatisfaction of many
CCP cadres, but also ran contrary to the people's will.
AFP reports also mentioned that Hu Jintao wants Li Keqiang,
who will serve as Prime Minister in 2013, to serve as Vice
Chairman of the Central Military Commission in the meantime.
Thus, Li Keqiang's status and power will be much stronger
than the current Prime Minister Wen Jiabao.
The political critic Wen Zhao believes Hu Jintao will fully
retreat in exchange for stopping the opponent's forces from
entering the next level of decision-making, and this also
serves as a self-protection strategy.
Bo Still Qualified for NPC?
The General Office of the NPC Standing Committee of the CCP
held a press conference on August 31 at the Great Hall of the People.
Foreign media asked whether Bo qualifies as an NPC deputy.
He Shaoren, the Press Secretary of NPC Standing Committee
General Office, said four deputies' eligibility has been terminated,
but NPC Standing Committee did not receive any other
investigation reports besides the few mentioned just now.
Los Angeles Times quoted analysts and pointed out
previously that if Bo's NPC deputy eligibility has been terminated,
according to general procedures, he will face
HK Media: Bo Kept CCP Membership, No Criminal Prosecution
According to exclusive reports from the Sept. 1 issue of Open
the high-level CCP officials reached a consensus in Beidaihe
on how to deal with Bo Xilai,
and that is to dismiss him in all of his positions,
but keep his CCP membership.
Thus, he will remain free of criminal sanctions.
This consensus contradicts with mainstream media's
assumption for the past six months that Bo would face termination.
Many believe Bo must be brought to justice.
Otherwise, it'll lead to endless trouble.
The news has not yet been confirmed by independent sources.
The Open magazine report also said, regarding scheduling,
Bo Xilai's removal must be completed before the 18th NPC.
Possible steps are to draw a conclusion on the Politburo
meeting currently being held,
and then sent the decision to the 17th VII Plenary
in September for confirmation.
An announcement of the results will be no later
However, some analysts pointed out it does not rule out
re-processing Bo's case after the 18th NPC, like Chen Liangyu's case.