The “white paper revolution” has blossomed everywhere in China, posing a dilemma for Xi Jinping. However, it is suggested that the rally is unlikely to expand. But at this time, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officially announced that Jiang Zemin, the former leader of the Communist Party of China, had passed away. Whether this will further stimulate civil revolts and hasten the disintegration of the CCP is currently attracting attention.
RFA reported a rumor that all the CCP Army’s battlefields have raised their vigilance to prevent the escalation of the protests, and, on the subject of Jiang Zemin’s death, only social accounts with a blue tick are allowed to leave comments, and the comment area for this information on Weibo has also been closed.
Sound of Hope said some people think Jiang Zemin carries a lot of bad reputation, and the struggle for power within the CCP is not quite over yet.
Jamil Anderlini, editor-in-chief of the U.S. media outlet “POLITICO,” worked as a reporter in China for 20 years. He wrote on November 30 that Jiang Zemin’s death was a bad omen for Xi Jinping because it could cause a struggle between different factions within the CCP, even prompting the public to turn memorial activities into anti-regime protests echoing the Tiananmen democracy movement.
Anderlini mentioned that Deng Xiaoping (China’s Supreme Leader from 1978 to 1992) could return to the peak of power after the Cultural Revolution because he took advantage of the wave of anti-democracy protests and pushed Hua Guofeng, then the top leader of the CCP, to the stage. What worries Xi most at the moment is that the situation is very similar to then. Indeed, some disgruntled members of Hu Jintao’s faction and Jiang Zemin’s faction will see the current unrest in China, and the death of Jiang Zemin, as a historic opportunity to take power.
Now, like in 1989, the Communist Party of China cannot forbid people from holding any memorial activities, but the memorial activities in the coming days and weeks will create countless opportunities for people to express dissatisfaction with the current political situation, Anderlini wrote.
Finally, Mr. Anderlini said that the CCP’s secret police seem to be working overtime to prevent funeral activities from turning into riots, let alone Toad (referring to Jiang Zemin’s faction) and bear (referring to Xi Jinping) beginning a battle.
After Jiang Zemin’s death, the CCP issued a “Communion of the entire Party, the army, and the people of all ethnic groups throughout the country.”
Zhang Taisu, a law professor at Yale University in the United States, found that the “Communion” largely praised Jiang Zemin for taking the initiative to propose his resignation during the 16th National Congress to promote the replacement of the old with the new and his voluntary resignation as Chairman of the Military Commission in 2004.
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Someone in the comment area asked if this was meant to implicitly criticize Xi for not taking the initiative to cede his position.
According to Sound of Hope, Jiang Zemin did not actively transfer power at that time. On the contrary, he was desperately attached to power. After resigning at the 16th National Congress, he still wanted to take the position of Chairman of the Military Commission for two years. Even when Xi Jinping came to power, Hu Jintao had to force Jiang Zemin to step down, as Jiang still wanted to stay involved in politics.
CCP officials have loudly exaggerated Jiang Zemin’s initiative to cede power, which may have had other purposes behind it.
Xi Jinping is at a disadvantage because he reached a compromise with Jiang Zemin’s Shanghai gang to amend the constitution. The compromise was that Jiang Zemin’s crimes would not be publicly exposed. Unfortunately, the CCP’s brainwashing propaganda means many Chinese are unaware of Jiang’s crimes providing an opportunity for Xi Jinping’s political opponents to inflate their anti-Xi sentiments by brandishing Jiang Zemin.
This may spur the white paper movement.
Cai Xia, a former professor at the Communist Party School of the CCP, told RFA that the CCP would most likely use a “half-soft half-hard solution” for this movement. On the one hand, they will loosen some anti-epidemic regulations. But on the other hand, they will use common tricks, including hiding the truth, evading responsibility, distracting attention, and applying high pressure to prevent all who rallied and dissolved the movement.
Cai Xia believes that those in the White Paper Movement propose the double removal of CCP and Xi Jinping, which means that people have begun to question the legitimate ruling of the CCP and its rulers.
Indeed, on November 30, the authorities of Guangzhou and Shanghai turned 180 degrees and suddenly announced the lifting of lockdown orders in many areas. The CCP may be trying to think of a way to survive after witnessing the rapid connection of people at home and abroad to form a united front against the CCP. But the news of Jiang Zemin’s death could cause a series of shocks and hasten the CCP’s downfall.