The new Politburo Standing Committee members of the Communist Party of China (CCP) are Xi Jinping’s loyalists, forming a cabal popularly known as “Xi’s Family Army” that now controls power. Analysts believe Xi is clearly following the Mao era line and a new round of large-scale purges, which is approaching sooner than later.
New Standing Committee Members Li Qiang, Cai Qi, Ding Xuexiang and Li Xi, who were “elected” at the First Plenary Session of the 20th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, are all representatives of the“Xi’s Army”. Most of the 24 members of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee are also former “confidants” of Xi Jinping.
Vice Premier Hu Chunhua and CPPCC Chairman Wang Yang, regarded as popular candidates for the CCP’s premier by the outside world, were both out; Premier Li Keqiang also retired unceremoniously. The three were all figures of the regiment faction and were described by the media as “destroyed by the regiment faction”.
At the same time, the CCP media revealed that Xi Jinping said that if he did not enter the Central Committee, he could not sit in the right seat, take it for granted, and follow the usual practice. He also said there would be no public elections, the selection and employment of people, the first is the political standard, to “dare to fight, be good at fighting”, and so on.
China will undergo major future economic and policy adjustments that entail a major political purge. The “Hubei Daily” recently reported that the province hadrebuilt 1,300 supply and marketing cooperatives. Economic experts interpreted it as a return to the unified purchase and sales of the Mao era, from a market economy to a planned economy.
According to analysts, Xi Jinping’s transformation in the past ten years is comparable to the Zunyi Conference and the Third Plenary Session of the Eleventh Central Committee when Mao carried out major purges within the party. It noted that after the 19th National Congress, Xi Jinping turned all the way to the left, including cracking down on high-tech enterprises, private enterprises, Internet celebrity artists, education and training, and nucleic acid lockdowns. There is a unified logic behind it: to strengthen the party’s leadership and return to the planned economy of the Mao era.
The purge of officialdom has never stopped in the tenyears since Xi Jinping came to power. On October 17, the CCP’s discipline inspection department said that since Xitook office, nearly 5 million officials and party members at all levels have been investigated for anti-corruption, and 553 centrally managed officials have been filed for review.
Now Xi Jinping is all set to go for the kill and carry out a large-scale purge because many factors have hindered him, and there are still people in the old and new Standing Committees who disagree with him. Now that his men are firmly in the saddle, they will go for a kill.