The Chinese leader has targeted an aide of his close associate who for years helped him to arrest his enemies, with many observers suggesting this shows signs of a growing threat to his leadership. Xi Jinping has ordered a long-time aide of Chinese vice president Wang Qishan be placed under investigation for corruption and suspected of “serious” violation of the law. The aide, called Dong Hong, worked for the anti-corruption agency that helped to purge many of Xi Jinping’s enemies.
Dong worked with vice president Wang from 1998 until the latter stepped down as anti-corruption tsar three years ago
But now, ironically, now the “anti-corruption” advisor has fell foul of the Chinese leader and is “suspected serious violation of laws and party rule”.
Dong was head of Central Commission for Disciplinary Inspection, CCDI, which led president Xi’s unprecedented “anti-corruption” purge.
The CCDI announced a one-line statement on Friday stating Dong is under “discipline review and supervisory investigation.”
Targeting the aide of a high-level serving politician such as Vice President Wang could be interpreted as a warning that Wang is being watched.
Beijing correspondent Clifford Coonan tweeted: “With the world distracted by Trump’s illness, Xi Jinping seems to be ramping up a major purge in upper Communist Party ranks, a former aide to vice president Wang Qishan named in anti-graft probe.”
In a move reminiscent of George Orwell’s 1984, all mention of Dong has been erased from Chinese based websites.
Speaking to the South China Morning Post a Beijing-based source familiar with the Communist Party’s disciplinary punishments said that although Dong seemed to have worked closely with vice president Wang, there was no need to “think too much” about the link between them.
Enshrined at the CCP’s 19th National Congress Xi Jinping declared: “Party, government, military, civilian, and academic; east, west, south, north, and center, the Party leads everything.”
At the third session of the CCP Central Committee, held in March 2018, strengthening the party’s control was the main objective.
The conclusion at the end of the meeting read: “The current function and structure of Party and state institutions are not completely suitable for modernising China’s system and capacity for governance.
“To carry out the reform, it is essential to take strengthening the Party’s overall leadership as the overarching principle.”
The party now control almost everything within China, and Xi Jinping, has ensured he has absolute control over the party.