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Open letter revolts against Xi’s leadership

HONG KONG (AsiaNews): To date, 20 people have been arrested for playing some part in the posting of an open letter addressed to the president of China, Xi Jinping, on the website of Wujie News on March 4, a publication that normally sings the same tune as the party leadership.

Although the letter only had a short life in the sun, it was signed by a group calling itself loyal members of the Communist Party of China and specifically called on Xi to resign from his positions, because of what it calls his huge mistakes.

The letter lists mistakes from the political, diplomatic, ideological, economic and cultural spheres, accusing Xi of laying the way open for the United States of America (US) to get its nose back into Asia and for North Korea to threaten the country’s security.

While the letter does concede some positives in the areas of opposing corruption, reform and economic development, it says, “Comrade Xi Jinping, we have no choice but to point out that, precisely due to your gathering of all power into your own hands and making decisions directly, we are now facing unprecedented problems and crises in all political, economic, ideological and cultural spheres.”

But the 919-word letter accused the number one comrade of destroying Communist Party tradition, by abandoning the diplomatic system of collective leadership and gathering all power to himself through the creation of a personality cult.

It also accuses him of using his position to twist the media into a personal plaything and using his family to hijack important cultural events to promote his own cause, which the letter says is creating a new power system and leaving the decision-making process in confusion.

To his long list of sins, it adds that Xi has alienated Hong Kong and Macau by meddling with the One Country Two Systems governance process and put Taiwan on a cautious watch and wait course.

These are fighting words that appear to be related to an internal Communist Party power struggle.

But they are also words carrying a veiled threat to the president’s personal well-being, as they specifically say, “We ask this for the sake of the party, peace and long term stability of the nation, and for your personal safety and that of your family.”

The first to be arrested was a well-known columnist, Jia Jia. He was picked up at Beijing airport as he was about to board a plane for Hong Kong on March 17.

However, witnesses say that he had nothing to do with either the composition or posting of the letter, but merely telephoned to ask what it was all about.

Jia was released according a March 26 report from the British Broadcasting Corporation, but reports say that 16 other people—an editor, as well as employees of a related IT company—had been taken into custody.

In addition, a dissident from China, now resident in the US, claims that three members of his family in Guangdong have been arrested.

Suppression of the media has been tightening in China in the face of growing instability, as a result of what one observer described as a government that is only limping from muck up to cover up.

During the National People’s Congress in March, journalists were given 21 topics they were told were on the not-to-be-touched list, which also seemed to be off the table for the congress as well.

The letter concludes by saying, “Consequently, Comrade Xi Jinping, we feel that you do not possess the capabilities to lead the party and the nation into the future and we believe that you are no longer suitable for the post of general secretary.”

 

The letter is signed Local Communist Party Members.

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