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Purge of High-Level Ministries Started in China, Says Magazine

Friday, June 29, 2012 3:31
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The presumptive next head of the CCP, Xi Jinping, pictured on March 13 in the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

The presumptive next head of the CCP, Xi Jinping, pictured on March 13 in the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

A team of high-level Chinese Communist Party officials have been organized to initiate a purge of Party members, especially those within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Public Security, Ministry of State Security, and Foreign Affairs Office, according to a recent report by the Hong Kong-based Trend magazine.

Headed by Vice President Xi Jinping, who is expected to succeed Hu Jintao as the next leader of the CCP, the team will gather information from members of key departments, Party organizations, and Party leadership circles.

The tidying up is scheduled to take place from June to late August, during which the team will obtain information on Party members’ overseas communications and relations with foreign political circles; their political ideology and their stance on major events concerning the Party; the financial activities of affiliated overseas agencies and organizations; and the Party membership status of immediate family members and relatives.

Other officials on the team are those who are expected to become members of the 18th Politburo Standing Committee, including Organization Department Chief Li Yuanchao, Chief of the General Office of the Central Committee Ling Jihua, Vice Premier Wang Qishan, and Minister of Public Security Meng Jianzhu, who has taken control of the party’s security apparatus from Zhou Yongkang, the head of the Political and Legislative Affairs Committee.

Canada-based political commentator Wen Zhao believes that the purge, which is targeting high-level departments in the CCP like the Ministry of Public Security and Ministry of State Security (MSS), could be in reaction to the recent Wang Lijun and Bo Xilai scandals that have rocked the CCP leadership.

After former Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun escaped to the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu in February, reports surfaced that Wang had handed off classified documents detailing Zhou Yongkang and former Chongqing Party chief Bo Xilai’s attempted coup to seize power from Xi Jinping. Wang’s was also said to have provided information about the practice of organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners and about corruption and crimes committed by high-ranking CCP officials.

In addition, reports also emerged earlier this month that the private secretary of a vice minister in the MSS was arrested in Hong Kong for passing on classified information to the United States about China’s intelligence activities. According to Wen Zhao, the purge could be ordered to eliminate Party members who are similarly disloyal to the current CCP leadership and thereby conduct a reshuffling of the high-level personnel.

Wen said: “The CCP top leadership feels that their grip over important departments like the Ministries of Public and State Security is not firm enough. They are also unsure of the reliability of the personnel who work in these departments. Indeed, these departments are in control of large amounts of information that could directly affect the survival of the CCP system.”

With reporting by Ariel Tian.

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