Corruption REWARDED in CHINA!
Posted in the China Forum
Port Moody, Canada
#2 Mar 6, 2013
Take Ling Jihua, a former close collaborator of President Hu Jintao. He did not get a seat in the coveted Politburo in November because he tried to cover up his sons death in a Ferrari accident which occurred on March 18, 2012. Lings son is said to have died in his car while having sex with two women.
The New York Times, quoting party insiders, reported:Before dawn on March 18, a black Ferrari Spider speeding along Fourth Ring Road in Beijing ricocheted off a wall, struck a railing and cracked in two. Mr Ling was killed instantly and the two young Tibetan women with him were hospitalised with severe injuries. One died months later, and the other is recovering.
Ling made the mistake of trying to hide his sons accident. Though the families of the two women are said to have received hefty sums of money from Chinas largest State oil company to make sure they shut up, unfortunately for Ling, microbloggers are extremely active in China these days. As a result the entire story went around the Net.
As The South China Morning Post put it, the accident was an embarrassment for the ruling Communist Party, sensitive to perceptions that children of top party officials live rich, privileged lifestyles completely out of touch with the masses.
At the same time, there were rumors that Gu Liping, Lings wife had benefited from Youth Business China, a well-endorsed charity that she was running.
As a result Ling Jihua was demoted and appointed head of the United Front Work Department, a less influential position, though overlooking the minorities and Taiwan affairs.
Ling did not remain in the purgatory for long; he has now been promoted as one of 10 Executive Chairmen of CPPCC; in a few days he will automatically become a Vice-Chairman of the august body.
Nobody will believe that Xi Jinping is serious about fighting corruption when officials like Ling are promoted, even if only to a honorific position.
It is not just the question of covering up his sons misdeeds, but the Party should also explain how the son of a close collaborator of the countrys president acquired a Ferrari.
Ling has perhaps been a good fixer for Hu Jintao, but the fact remains that a tainted official has now been relegated to a smaller job, looking after the minorities, in particular, the Tibetans and the Uyghurs. It is worrying for the future of China, which could implode under the weight of its own contradictions.
Chen Ziming, an independent analyst, told The South China Morning Post:Considering that Ling was an important member of Hu Jintaos camp, Hu may have pushed to retain his protégés influence.
In fact, Lings promotion in the CPPCC is probably part of a deal Hu Jintao wanting to keep an eye on Tibet. He may give a free hand to Xi Jinping on other issues.
Another Tibet expert, Du Qinglin, Lings predecessor at the United Front Departments has now become a member of the Secretariat of the CCPs Central Committee and Secretary General of the CPPCCs session.
In China, it seems rewarding to look after minorities. Let us remember that the Dalai Lamas envoys had to resign after 10 years of unfruitful talks with the United Front.
Though some will argue that the post of CPPCC Vice-chairman is mostly honorific, it still carries the rank of Minister, with all perks and respect attached.
Xi Jinping may want to fight corruption, but can he resist the pressure of the apparatchiks who are all keen to reward their respective friends? In these circumstances, it is extremely doubtful if the Party can survive till its centenary.
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