Xi Jinping showed that he is continuing to push through an internal purge campaign in the CCP.
The officials on the list were said to be members of or related to Jiang Zemin’s faction, the former CCP’s general secretary. He was called the bloodthirsty butcher and corrupt boss.
According to News-Creaders, Li Xi, Xi’s confidant, after becoming the Secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, immediately disciplined a series of officials. Among them were three deputy minister-level officials and an official from the local Disciplinary Inspection Commission.
On November 14, the CCP’s Military Network published an article declaring that anti-corruption should be done in the most thorough manner.
The article also said that there are still corrupt elements from the Party to the army that have not been cleaned out, so the fight against corruption needs to continue.
The article added that a great political struggle only goes forward, not backward, only wins and never loses, and that anti-corruption does not discriminate between regions, incumbents, or pensioners.
This article sent a clear message that there would be a new purge campaign in the military, the force that protects the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and helps Xi’s faction stay in power.
Four major generals in their 60s are suspected of being the first to be purged in Xi’s new campaign.
These people were absent from the seventh plenary session of the 19th Central Committee for Discipline Inspection held in early October, before the opening of the 20th Congress of the CCP.
Since Xi came to power in 2012, at least 160 generals have been investigated in the anti-corruption campaign that was launched in 2013.
Among the purged were high-ranking generals who had been confidants of former CCP’s general secretary Jiang Zemin. For example, former Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission Guo Boxiong, Xu Caihou, and another former Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission.