5 Things to Look for at the Chinese Regime’s Big Political Conclave

The most important meeting this year on the calendar of the Chinese Communist Party opened Oct 20 in Beijing and runs through Oct. 23. At the Fourth Plenary Session of Central Committee of the 18th National Party Congress there are 5 issues that can be expected to be covered.

How Far Will Judicial Reform Go?

“With a law that cannot be put into practice, the law would simply be useless words. And the rule of law would be an empty talk,” said head of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Xi Jinping during the central political conference in January this year. “Lax law enforcement and unjust judicial system are the results of only a handful of police officers have a sense of professional moral values.”

“Some of the lawyers, judges and prosecutors are working together. And together they become some sort of judicial brokers,” Xi said.

Chinese people have long held grievances because of corruption in the public security, procuratorial organs, and courts, which were all under the supervision of the Political and Legislative Affairs Committee.

There has been an official effort to dampen hopes for radical change.

South China Morning Post on Oct. 16 quoted the Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily as saying, “It concerns us that some people expect the Fourth Plenum to perfect the country’s rule of law overnight and even offer solutions to all problems.”

Who Will Be Promoted? 

Five members of the Central Committee—Jiang Jiemin, Li Dongsheng, Li Chuncheng, Wang Yongchun, and Wan Qingliang—have had their Party memberships revoked as part of Xi Jinping’s ongoing anti-corruption campaign. At the Plenum they will also be stripped of their positions in the Central Committee.

Jiang Jiemin and Wang Yongchun were kicked out of the party because of corruption in the oil industry. Li Chuncheng and Li Dongsheng, the former deputy secretary of the Ministry of Public Security, were under investigation for ties to Zhou, while Wan Qingliang, the former Guangzhou party boss, was expelled because of extortion and bribery.

Jiang, Wang, and Li Dongsheng are all important members of the faction loyal to former Party head Jiang Zemin. Jiang Jiemin, Li Dongsheng, Li Chuncheng, and Wang Youngchun are all known to have played significant roles in persecuting the spiritual practice of Falun Gong.

Chinese media has reported that it is unprecedented for 5 members of Central Committee are removed at the same time.

According to Wenweipo, a Hong Kong based newspaper, the leading two reserve candidates on the Central Committee that are likely to be promoted are Ma Jiangtang, director of the National Bureau of Statistics and Wang Zuoan, director of the State Administration for Religious Affairs.

Full article: 5 Things to Look for at the Chinese Regime’s Big Political Conclave (The Epoch Times)

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