Before the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, senior key members of the Chinese government have been constantly in danger, with many “sudden deaths” after taking office causing public concern.
Just over a month after taking office, three senior officials “suddenly died.”
The first is Liu Wenxi (Liu Wenxi) on July 3, just over a month into the position of Deputy Governor and Director of Public Security of Hebei Province, he died suddenly at the age of 54. Although officials say that Liu Wenxi died of illness, many doubts remain.
After the sudden death of Liu Wenxi, Zhou Wei, General Secretary of the Gansu Provincial Party Committee, fell and died at the Provincial Party Office on July 21, at the age of 56.
Three days later, state media “Gansu Daily” reported Mr. Zhou Wei’s death but roughly said he died of illness.
On July 25, a Weibo user claimed that Mr. Zhou Wei jumped out of a window of the 9th floor south office of the Provincial Party Committee No. 1 office building (due to epidemic prevention, the office and common room were in the same place). According to this person, he fell into the 2nd-floor eaves and died. However, this news was not confirmed by the authorities.
Zhou Wei was promoted to Gansu Provincial Standing Committee and General Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee on June 1 and became the right-hand man of Yin Hong, Secretary of the Gansu Provincial Party Committee. However, he mysteriously passed away less than two months after taking office, sparking a lot of speculation from the outside world.
FTVNews reported, according to the analysis of colleagues who know Zhou well, as he has high authority in Gansu province, there is no reason for him to commit suicide; the high possibility is he was “gagged.”
Mr. Lu, a retired official in Gansu province, told Radio Free Asia on July 25 that Zhou Wei’s career was on the rise; he had just been elected as a representative of the CCP’s 20th National Congress. That is why his death is so confusing.
“Actually, this kind of thing is very simple,” he said. “Some bureaucrats and deputy bureaucrats in Gansu say that if it doesn’t work, cancel it, or jump in the Huang He River, or you’ll get depressed. But it’s better to die, and now he (Zhou Wei) will keep his mouth shut after death.”
NTDTV reported that Gansu Daily newspaper reported on July 22 that on the day Zhou Wei died on July 21, he also accompanied Gansu Provincial Party Secretary Yin Hong to investigate public epidemic prevention and control affairs in Lanzhou city.
Mr. Lu, who used to work in local departments in Gansu, told Free Asia Radio that Zhou Wei was promoted very quickly, from a grassroots official to a deputy minister in just over 20 years. “Especially the election of the last provincial party congress. If he wants to join this rank, he must have supporters.”
Two days after Zhou Wei’s death, Zeng Bing, vice mayor of Dalian City, passed away from “severe illness” on July 23 at the age of 52. Zeng Bing, just like Zhou Wei, has been in the new position for just over a month. Before that, he served as deputy general manager of China National Pharmaceutical Group.
Chen Pokong, a news commentator based in the United States, analyzed on his personal media that the death of Liu Wenxi is likely to be a “murder.”
The time of Liu Wenxi’s death was very sensitive; he had only been in office for two weeks when a beating occurred at a barbecue restaurant in Tangshan. Public opinion pointed out that the perpetrator was from the Tangshan police force and many people used their real names to denounce the local underground forces and their protectors.
In addition to the sudden deaths of the three officials mentioned above, in April this year, Tianjin Mayor Liao Guoxu also “unfortunately passed away from illness after unsuccessful treatment.”
NTDTV said that some foreign media, citing people familiar with the situation, said, “Liao Guoxun died by suicide.” One of the rumors is that Liao Guoxun committed suicide in his office in the afternoon after meeting with the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection for a talk on the morning of April 27. Many rumors say that Liao Guoxun was involved in nucleic acid testing and vaccines corruption.
Another rumor says that Liao Guoxun hanged himself in the office. Furthermore, his chief secretary had committed suicide by taking sleeping pills a few days ago but failed. On the day of the suicide, this person’s home was confiscated.
Some analysts point out that senior CCP officials receive excellent medical care and regular health checks. Therefore, the chances of getting sick and dying suddenly are extremely low.
Xie Tian, a professor at the University of South Carolina’s Aiken School of Business, told reporters of the Sound of Hope: “I think he is the victim of the CCP’s struggle. The infighting within the CCP’s government is really a “meat grinder” and it is very cruel.”
“Once they offend a certain faction, or are considered an enemy, they will use the methods of the Communist Party to strangle that person until he is mentally and physically destroyed. If you offend your superiors, you will also die; if you tell the truth, you will fall into a state of living worse than death and finally be forced to commit suicide.”