[New Tang Dynasty News, Beijing time, November 21, 2023]Wang Qishan, former member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China and Secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, has won hundreds of senior officials at the deputy provincial and ministerial level or above. In recent years, his friends and former subordinates have been arrested and investigated, and public opinion believes that he has lost power. A senior media person revealed that many years ago, Wang confessed to more than 20 former subordinates that he could no longer hold an umbrella to protect everyone from the rain and that everyone should do their own thing.
Wang Qishan served as a member of the Politburo Standing Committee and Secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection after the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in 2012. After retiring in 2017, he served as Vice Chairman of the State of the Communist Party of China. He has no position within the party, but is ranked second only to the seven members of the Politburo Standing Committee. Therefore, The outside world calls him the “Eighth Standing Committee Member” of the Chinese Communist Party. This year, during the two sessions of the Communist Party of China, Wang Qishan resigned.
Wang Qishan is considered an old friend and partner of the current leader of the Communist Party of China. When he was secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Communist Party of China, he helped him win over 440 senior officials at the deputy provincial and ministerial level and other central management cadres.
However, as Wang Qishan’s close friends and former subordinates were taken over by the authorities, public opinion generally believed that there was a rift in the relationship between Wang Qishan and the leader of the Communist Party of China, and that he was gradually marginalized.
On September 22, 2020, Ren Zhiqiang, a Beijing real estate tycoon and second-generation member of the Communist Party of China who was both a friend and a teacher of Wang Qishan, was sentenced to 18 years in prison. On October 2 of the same year, Dong Hong, Wang Qishan’s “big secret” for decades and former deputy ministerial inspection commissioner of the Central Inspection Team, was investigated. In January 2022, Dong Hong was sentenced to suspended death.
In April 2022, Tian Huiyu, the former Party Secretary and President of China Merchants Bank Co., Ltd., was investigated; Tian was Wang Qishan’s secretary when he was in charge of China Construction Bank in his early years. Wang Qishan served as President of the People’s Construction Bank of China (renamed China Construction Bank in 1996) from 1994 to 1997.
On November 5, 2022, Fan Yifei, a former party committee member and deputy governor of the Central Bank of China, was investigated. He was Wang Qishan’s “financial manager” when he was at China Construction Bank.
French “Le Monde” once reported that Ren Zhiqiang and Dong Hong, two people who were close to Wang Qishan, were punished by the Chinese Communist authorities. After Dong Hong was dismissed, rumors about Wang Qishan’s fall from grace began to spread wildly.
The article said that the Ren Zhiqiang family and the Wang Qishan family have had a good relationship for decades. Ren Zhiqiang’s extremely severe punishment was not only considered a warning to all second-generation red generations, but also showed that Wang Qishan was incapable or unwilling. Defend him.
The report pointed out that in China, generally speaking, if you want to kill a leader, you usually start by killing the people around him.
Some scholars pointed out: “Dong Hong’s arrest does not bode well for Wang Qishan, because in most cases, when a secretary or close friend is investigated, it heralds the imminent downfall of the relevant leader.”
Wang Qishan has kept a low profile in recent years. And what he said many years ago may reveal the true situation of the fierce internal fighting among the top leaders of the CCP.
Cai Shenkun, a senior Chinese media person living in the United States, posted on the overseas social media platform The overwhelming confidence would pose a potential threat to Xi. Sure enough, after five years of anti-corruption, Wang once became the most powerful secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection in the history of the CCP. However, before the 19th National Congress, Wang surrendered and completely surrendered.
The article pointed out that when Wang Qishan served as vice-president of the Communist Party of China, despite his repeated confessions to the party leader in public, he was still not accepted. Two important secretaries who had followed him, Tian Huiyu and Dong Hong, were severely punished. People who were favored by the king were also purged from the political arena one by one.
At the end of the article, it was revealed that before Wang Qishan resigned from office, he recommended two close associates to the Organization Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China to serve as members of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress. One was Li Xiaohong, director of the Office of the Central Inspection Team, and Dong Hong, who had served as the leader of the Central Inspection Team. In the end, both of them were dismissed. Set aside. On July 16, 2016, Wang Qishan confessed to more than 20 old colleagues who knew him very well, “This is the last time we all meet for dinner, and there should be no such opportunity in the future. I am also old, and I no longer have the ability to hold an umbrella for everyone to protect them from the rain.” , everyone went their separate ways to do their own thing.”
The article stated that such a tragic dinner also destined Wang Qishan to be lonely in his later years.
Tang Jingyuan, a current affairs commentator based in the United States, once analyzed for New Tang Dynasty that this was the result of infighting among the top leaders of the CCP. Wang Qishan may not necessarily have the intention to rebel, but the other party must be wary. This is the inevitable result of the totalitarian dictatorship within the party. The top leader under this system cannot truly trust anyone who may threaten his position.
(Comprehensive reporting by reporter Tang Zheng/Editor in charge: Li Quan)