Xi Jinping, who entered a successful third term after the 20th National Congress, recently recalled the “rectification movement” of the Mao Zedong era. Xi said that socialism is exchanged for life, which holds true not just in the past but even today. As a result, some analysts think that Xi could launch a major purge, which is unfortunate for the Chinese.

According to People’s Daily –  the Chinese regime’s media – “from October 26 to 28, Xi Jinping visited Yan’an in Shaanxi province and Anyang in Henan.'” At his first stop close to Yan’an where the 7th National Congress of the CCP took place, Xi introduced Mao Zedong’s process of gaining power through the Yan’an Rectification Movement.

The movement was a political movement in 1942 launched by Mao to purge high-ranking political forces at that time led by Wang Ming (the 4th General Secretary of the China Communist Party) and Bo Gu (Bo Gu – 5th General Secretary of the Communist Party of China). This three-year campaign killed more than 10,000 people and Mao’s leadership position was reinforced.

According to CCP media, Xi said that at that time, the CCP had achieved unity through the Yan’an Rectification Movement and from there “Mao Zedong Thought” was inscribed in the Party charter. Mao’s thought stated that the spirit of self-reliance and resilient struggle needs to be preserved.

On the morning of October 28, Xi inspected the Red Flag Canal memorial house in Linzhou town, Anyang city, Henan province. The canal used to be a local water conservation project built in the 1960s. It is also the CCP’s “red educational institution.”

Xi said that the Red Flag Canal is the memorial and its spirit is to remind the people, especially the young people, that only socialism can save China and only socialism can develop China.

This is the first time Xi has left Beijing since being re-elected general secretary of the CCP.

After the 20th Congress why did Xi take the Standing Committee to visit these places? There is an analysis that the current Xi era will no longer focus on economic issues, the so-called new era today feels like heading toward the old Mao era.

Tang Jingyuan, a commentator on current affairs living in the U.S., told NTDTV that Xi’s re-election and the promotion of the Xi faction is dependent on controlling the military, the judicial system and Party propaganda, and factions in the Party disagree. Therefore, in order to deal with opposing factions, Xi wants to follow Mao’s example in Party rectification and “party correction.” 

“Tang said, “The so-called party rectification is correcting high-ranking officials, and the so-called party correction is of course a cruel struggle and merciless attack.”

The Epoch Times columnist Wang He told NTDTV, “Xi Jinping mentioned the ‘an’an Rectification Movement, which means the CCP will maintain a period of high-pressure politics. Even though on the surface it appears that the Xi faction is taking power and eliminating other factions, everyone is dissatisfied with him and many people don’t want to work anymore. Xi Jinping is aware of this situation.” It is estimated that Xi will use the Yan’an Correction Movement to make those officials obedient and submissive.

News commentator Zhou Xiaohui wrote an article in The Epoch Times saying that Xi’s trip to Yan’an sent a signal that he would continue to imitate Mao, or consolidate power further, expand purges within the Party, and accelerate a “left turn.” It is a bad omen for the people. It is conceivable that in the future the Chinese will face a worse situation.

Starting a big purge? Chen Wenqing was appointed Secretary of the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission

The appointments of top-level personnel for China’s 20th National Congress of Deputies is complete. A CCP official recently announced that Chen Wenqing, the minister of State Security, has been appointed secretary of the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission. Some experts have said that this is Xi’s move to take absolute control of the new purge.

In addition to being promoted to Politburo member at the First Plenary Session of the 20th Central Committee, Chen also served as the fifth secretary of the Central Secretariat.

According to public information, the Central Secretariat is the working body of the Central Politburo and the Standing Committee of the Central Secretariat. The Political and Legal Affairs Commission is the CCP’s highest security body, including public security systems, courts, prosecutors, national security, justice, and other systems, also known as the CCP’s “knife handle” to maintain stability.

News commentator Yue Shan said that promoting Chen and Wang Xiaohong not only strengthens Xi’s control of the “knife handle” function, or the political and legal system, but also sends a signal that “the agent rules the country.”

Yue told NTDTV on October 29 that the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission used to be the coordinator of the various internal “stability maintenance units” of the CCP. Now Chen, the head of the Ministry of State Security being promoted to be a member of the Politburo as secretary of the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission shows that the nature of this body has changed.

Yue believes that the CCP’s national security involves spying activities abroad and controlling people at home. In the next step, Xi will use the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission to expand and strengthen the administration of the country by special agents. On the one hand, the working function of the commission will be related to foreign affairs, and on the other hand, it will maintain internal stability to the extreme. However, these two functions are characterized by national security covert operations, but are in fact a part of national terrorism.

The South China Morning Post previously reported that by promoting Chen and Wang, minister of Public Security, Xi underscored the Party’s concern over national security issues.

The newspaper quoted Wu Muluan, an associate professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, as saying that the promotion of two subordinate officials responsible for political and security affairs shows that Xi attaches great importance to maintaining “stability” and preventing regime overthrow.

John P. Burns, a retired professor emeritus of the Department of Public Administration at the University of Hong Kong, said that since the two were promoted, it seems the CCP feels insecure both domestically and internationally.

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