[The Epoch Times, November 23, 2022](Comprehensive report by Epoch Times reporter Ning Haizhong) A fire broke out in a factory building in Anyang City, Henan Province, killing 38 people. Yang Sheng’s official career attracts attention.
There have been frequent accidents in the mainland recently. On the afternoon of November 21, a fire broke out at Kaixinda Trading Co., Ltd. in Anyang City, Henan Province. The fire burned for nearly 7 hours, killing at least 38 people and injuring 2 others.
On the afternoon of November 21, an explosion occurred at Jiangyang Chemical Co., Ltd. in Taiyuan City, Shanxi Province. Not only was there an explosion sound, but there was also a mushroom cloud of thick smoke. Jiangyang Chemical Factory belongs to the CCP military enterprise.
On November 22, an accident occurred at China Coal Pingshuo Group Co., Ltd. in Shuozhou City, Shanxi Province, resulting in the death of four people.
According to the CCP news report, Xi Jinping gave instructions yesterday (22nd) on the factory fire in Anyang, Henan, saying that “fires and other safety production accidents occurred successively in Henan and other places, causing heavy casualties, and the lessons are very profound!” “, with a harsh tone.
According to news from “Henan Daily” on the 22nd, Henan Secretary Lou Yangsheng did not rush to the scene immediately after the fire broke out, but only issued “instructions” to send Governor Wang Kai to the scene. Lou Yangsheng made an appearance in Zhengzhou, the provincial capital, to inspect the Foxconn campus.
The 63-year-old Lou Yangsheng is a native of Zhejiang. He worked in Zhejiang for more than 30 years in the early years. He was the former Ministry of Xi Jinping who was in charge of Zhejiang. , In May 2021, he was transferred to the Secretary of the Henan Provincial Party Committee.
Lou Yangsheng is in charge of Henan, and all the things are not conducive to his official career, attracting attention
After Lou Yangsheng came to power in Henan, a large province in the Central Plains, in May last year, he suffered a series of unfavorable situations. In Xinmi City, Henan Province, in June of the same year, two mine disasters occurred in succession, resulting in 7 deaths. Later, 15 officials were dismissed or suspended for concealing the report. 2 In July of the same year, the whole province of Henan was hit by heavy rain and floods.
According to the investigation report of the State Council of the Communist Party of China, after the heavy rain on July 20 last year, 380 people died and disappeared due to the rainstorm in Zhengzhou City. Zhengzhou officials concealed the number of deaths and missing as many as 139 people. Even when the “Central Leaders” visited Henan from August 18th to 19th, Zhengzhou City already knew 12 new deaths due to disasters, but they still did not report truthfully. The investigation report shows that the “central leadership comrade” is Li Keqiang, Premier of the Communist Party of China.
Report and list the details of the number of people concealed at all levels in Zhengzhou. However, many netizens still questioned the CCP’s final official announcement of the death toll in the Henan flood.
Xu Liyi, secretary of the Zhengzhou Municipal Party Committee who was also accused of being Xi’s army, was dismissed immediately after the State Council of the Communist Party of China released the investigation report, but Lou Yangsheng, secretary of the Henan Provincial Party Committee, was not affected.
In addition, in June this year, the mine explosion incidents of rural banks in many places in Henan led to a scandal that the health codes of depositors who defended their rights suddenly became popular due to the authorities’ maintenance of stability.
In early July, due to thunderstorms in several rural banks, depositors had difficulty withdrawing money. Depositors protested in front of the Zhengzhou branch of the central bank to defend their rights. They rarely used slogans, referring to Henan Provincial Party Secretary Lou Yangsheng’s “connection with heaven”, and calling on Li Keqiang to investigate Henan.
Recently, after the outbreak of the epidemic at the Foxconn factory in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, employees fled and returned home on foot. The Foxconn factory was shut down.
Before the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, the outside world had always speculated that Lou Yangsheng might be an important member of Xi’s 20th National Congress of Power. However, Shanglou Yangsheng failed to enter the Politburo at the 20th National Congress, but continued to serve as a member of the Central Committee. After the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, Xi Jinping went out of Beijing for the first time to inspect Anyang, Henan, which once again aroused outside associations that Lou Yangsheng might be promoted to the second-tier deputy state-level leadership position at the “two sessions” next year.
Hong Kong’s “Ming Pao” published an article on the 23rd, stating that a series of incidents in Henan have exposed the low level of government officials, with problems ranging from crisis response to urban management. An Anyang fire killed 38 people, whether it will destroy Lou Yangsheng’s official career remains to be seen.
However, past public reports have shown that when it comes to accountability of CCP officials in major accidents, it is common for lower-level officials to take the blame. For example: On November 15, 2010, a major fire broke out in an apartment in Jing’an District, Shanghai. According to official data, 58 people died, 71 were injured, and the compensation was tens of millions of yuan. However, people questioned that the number of victims was at least nearly 100. Public opinion strongly demanded that the then mayor, Han Zheng, take the blame and resign. However, Han Zheng was promoted to secretary two years later. On the night of December 31, 2014, a deadly stampede occurred at the New Year’s Eve event at Shanghai’s Bund Plaza. Officials said 36 people were killed. In the end, only a group of district-level officials were treated as “scapegoats”. Han Zheng was also promoted to the Politburo Standing Committee at the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China.
Responsible editor: Li Muen#