The Inherent Conflict between Collective Leadership and Dictatorship

By He Qinglian on Aug 16, 2012.

After the three trials related to Bo Xilai were over, the Publicity Office of the CPC Central Committee held a press conference on August 14 to introduce how the election of the 18th CPC Party Congress would proceed; at the same time, a representative list consisting 2270 people was revealed. Yet information like when the Congress is to commence, and crucial personnel arrangement such as Politburo candidates, and whether the number of Politburo Standing Committee members would be reduced from nine to seven remain tightly guarded secrets.

For a transfer of power at the top of China to become a soap opera that of homicide, corruption, mysteries, and erotic connection, the desire for power is entirely to blame.

The Achilles' heel of Collective Leadership

The Collapse of China’s Credibility

Translation first appeared in the Epoch Times.

By He Qinglian on August 17, 2012.

Recently, the international community has been voicing its distrust of China from a variety of perspectives, both political and economic. Even dirty deals between Western businessmen and the Chinese government are being exposed for the first time since the mid-1990s. China’s credibility appears to be collapsing.

Political mistrust can be seen from the international community’s reaction to the Gu Kailai murder trial. Since this was a high-profile case involving the wife of disgraced Chongqing Communist party boss Bo Xilai, the world watched closely.

Bo Xilai has just escaped his incrimination—for now

By He Qinglian on August 13, 2012.

With Gu Kailai and Wang Lijun standing trial in succession, what the foreign media want to see the most would be how deeply did Bo Xilai involve in the cases, how did Gu Kailai channeled up to six billion dollars of fortune out of China through Neil Heywood and others; they also expected to see the CPC authorities chase back the six billion assets that had come from illicit sources, and charge Bo Xilai the political loser with corruption—one of the three crimes the CPC Central Committee leadership prepared back in March this year.

Why declaring an amnesty for corrupt officials to promote political reform would not work?

By He Qinglian on August 3, 2012.

Recently, Mr. Wu Si shared his views on the current affairs of China in the form of an interview. “Granting a conditional amnesty to corrupt officials to push for political reform”, he said. A wise man who had made insightful historical observations, Wu went so far as to draw reference to the amnesty system that was practiced throughout the feudal history of China, with the hope that a political reform could be initiated if the dignitaries and officials get pardoned for their corruption crimes. With this, he hoped the officials would set aside their worries and steer the country into a new beginning with the people. 

Three things to look at in the Bogu Kailai case

By He Qinglian on July 30, 2012.

At the time when the slogan “defend to the death the 18th National Congress” appears in China, the authorities announced that the trial of the Bogu Kailai case would commence in recent days. Without doubt, this action means top level officials at Zhongnanhai want to settle this case as quickly as possible. Hu Jintao intended to show his political rivals—both openly and secretly—that the Bogu Kailai case is a criminal one, it would at most implicate Bo only. Knowing this from Hu's speech in a hotel in early May, his opponents want it closed as soon as possible, for fear that dreary scenario would arise.