A handful of Chinese officials have been purged recently as the infighting within the communist party (CCP) is getting fiercer ahead of its 20th National Congress.

According to an independent news outlet, infighting has occurred between the incumbent President Xi Jinping’s factions and his opponents, particularly those loyal to former leader Jiang Zemin.

Both factions target the weaknesses of their political opponents, and corruption is among the key excuses to seize on.

Zhuge Mingyang is a China expert. His analysis pointed out that corruption is a characteristic of the CCP officials. So corruption is just an excuse to crack down on political enemies.

Zhuge said that the recent investigation of some of Xi Jinping’s allies highlights the infighting within the CCP.

Chen Rugui, 60, is deputy director of the Standing Committee of the Guangdong Provincial People’s Congress. He was placed under investigation on June 1.

A political commentator said that Chen Rugui became mayor of Shenzhen in 2017 when Xi Jinping was at the peak of his power. This means that Chen was Xi’s ally.

But the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said in a briefing that Chen was suspected of serious violations of discipline and law. Chen was also undergoing discipline review and supervisory investigation.

Zhang Jinghua, 60, is another official who was sacked recently. He held a high-level position when Xi’s power reached its peak.

But on May 31, Zhang Jinghua was removed from his post as deputy secretary of the Jiangsu Provincial Party Committee, and he was also expelled from the CCP.

The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection noted some alleged crimes committed by Zhang. They include:

  • Deliberately resisting censorship.
  • Engaging in superstitious activities.
  • Accepting gifts and bribes.
  • Falsifying economic data.
  • Violating market regulations.

This is the first time a senior CCP official has been accused of falsifying economic data and violating market regulations.

Many other provincial and ministerial-level officials were investigated and punished over various alleged crimes between May 31 and June 1. These officials include Sun Guoxiang – deputy director of the Standing Committee of the Liaoning Provincial People’s Congress; Zhang Bencai – procurator general of the Shanghai Municipal Procuratorate; Tong Daochi – former secretary of the Sanya Municipal Party Committee in Hainan Province.

Because Xi Jinping wants to retain a third term as the CCP leader, his opponents are seeking to cut his allies, who are expected to provide him with leverage to control the CCP ahead of the 20th National Congress. This is the most important political meeting of the year.

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