Vice Premier Hu Chunhua, once considered the “successor” to Xi Jinping, was “removed” from the new Politburo at the 20th National Congress of the CCP. On November 1, the CCP held a conference related to agriculture, which Hu attended and promoted Xi’s doctrine focus on “agriculture, rural areas, and farmers.” He once again showed his loyalty to Xi, which attracted attention.
Still loyal to Xi after the 20th National Congress
Hu attended the national conference in Beijing on the construction of agricultural irrigation in the winter and spring and the teleconference on the key work of “agriculture, rural areas, and farmers” in the fall and winter. He said that the spirit of the congress and Xi’s policy must be followed, showing that he has not forgotten to show his loyalty to Xi, even after losing power. This is the first time Hu has appeared in public since the 20th Congress.
On October 17, when Hu attended the Conference of the Heilongjiang delegation to the 20th Congress, he said, “I fully agree with the report of the 20th National Congress of the CCP.” He added we “must steadfastly support the long-term ‘two foundations’ (including Xi’s core foundation and Xi’s thought).” He said that they cannot be ambiguous and must also be decisive and not waver. After the opening of the 20th Congress, the “two foundations” has became a term to represent allegiance.
Hu Chunhua was a member of the 18th and 19th CCP Politburo, and the successor appointed by former General Secretary Hu Jintao. However, when General Secretary Xi broke with the convention of “designating a successor” and “a maximum of two terms,” Hu Chunhua not only did not become his successor but he was even left out from the list of 24 members of the Politburo. He only retained the position of member of the Central Committee. His future since then is also been noticed by the outside.
Inheritance was blocked, once showed a humble attitude “didn’t / to not enter the Politburo Standing Committee”
Hu Chunhua is known as an important member of the “the Communist Youth League faction” (also known as the Hu Jintao faction or the delegation) and the “favorite general” of the former general secretary Hu Jintao.
In the 1980s, when Hu Jintao was the secretary of the Tibet District Party Committee, Hu Chunhua was the deputy secretary of the Tibet District Party Committee of the Communist Youth League. At the age of 45, he became the deputy governor and acting governor of Hebei province, becoming the youngest provincial leader at that time. In December 2012, Hu Chunhua succeeded Wang Yang as secretary of the Guangdong Provincial Party Committee, the youngest provincial Party secretary in Guangdong since the reform and opening up.
At the CCP’s 18th National Congress in 2012, Hu was promoted to the CCP Politburo and was seen as a potential successor. However, before the 19th National Congress in 2017, Sun Zhengcai, secretary of the Chongqing Municipal Party Committee, who is considered the “prince of the Party” along with Hu Chunhua, was removed by Xi, and Hu Chunhua’s path to becoming the successor was also blocked and he was unable to enter the Politburo Standing Committee at the 19th National Congress. Later, he became a deputy. He was given the promotion to prime minister of the State Council. It has a very low public profile but he still insists on showing his loyalty to Xi.
Conflict within the CCP is always brutal, especially since most of the successors don’t have “a happy ending.” Hu Chunhua once said that he would not “join the Politburo Standing Committee.” On the eve of the 19th National Congress, Hong Kong’s pro-CCP media “Oriental Daily” revealed that Hu had reported to the Central Committee of the CCP, saying that his health is not good, and he “resolutely would not join the Politburo Standing Committee.” He also expressed his support for the inclusion of Xi Jinping’s thought in the Party’s constitution.
At the time, Hong Kong’s “Mingpao” newspaper also cited sources as saying that Hu had stated in an internal meeting that his health was not good and did not want to continue with the position.
In an article published in the People’s Daily in July, Hu praised Xi’s leadership on the agricultural policy. Xi’s name was mentioned more than fifty times in the article.
Professor Feng Chongyi from the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia, once told The Epoch Times that according to Hu Jintao’s arrangement before the transfer of power at the National Congress of Deputies for the 18th time, if it wasn’t for the incident that happened to Sun, the arrangement at that time was that Hu Chunhua would take the position of general secretary of the 20th National Congress and Sun would take over as prime minister. It is because Hu bears the imprint of the “Prince Party” that Xi considered him a threat so to protect himself, Hu has to make such statements.
The danger is overwhelming after not winning the election
At the 20th Congress, the “delegation” was completely “clean”, except for Hu Chunhua, fellow officials Li Keqiang and Wang Yang all resigned from the Standing Committee of the Ministry. Politics: Hu Jintao, the head of the “delegation”, was also publicly escorted out of the hall.Some analysts use “destroy the delegation” to describe the Hu Jintao faction’s situation in the current political scene of the CCP.
According to some live videos released by foreign media, Hu Jintao patted Li Keqiang on the shoulder as he was taken out of the venue, but Li did not dare to look directly; Wang Yang sat stiffly; Only Hu Chunhua crossed his arms in front of his chest, looking angry. But on the afternoon of the end of the 20th National Congress of the CCP, when Xi Jinping led the Politburo members to wave to the party’s representatives, Hu also clapped his hands and “forced a smile” with Xi.
Many observers suggested that Hu Jintao’s sudden departure from the meeting could have to do with dissatisfaction with the revision of the party’s charter, as well as disputes arising from the staffing of the “delegation.”
Wen Zhao, an overseas commentator, said that for whatever reason, Hu Jintao was forcibly taken away at the 20th National Congress, which is a fact that has been confirmed, and it will inevitably bring aftershocks. Once considered the successor of the Party, Hu Chunhua could fall into an extremely dangerous situation if he is not elected.
News commentator Li Hengqing said that the next step in the CCP’s internal infighting will be fierce and bloody, and Xi will not give up purging those who threaten him. Li said, “So he’s always talking about national security and regime safety. From these aspects, the most important thing Xi Jinping wants to do is clean up the threats.”