Major Chinese Media Discuss Reform, Mirror to Communist Party Power Struggles
Created: 2012-04-25 14:45 EST
On the same day, April 23rd, China’s three major state-run media entities – Xinhua News Agency, the People’s Daily, and the China Youth Daily – all published articles on the need for reform.
With titles like, “Strive to Push Forward the Reform and Open Door Policy,” and “Overcome the Growing Pains by Deepening the Reform,” these publications have begun openly backing the kinds of reforms often spoken of by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.
While these articles never go so far as explaining what needs to be reformed or how to do it, they do give a window into the changes that have been happening within the Chinese Communist Party.
Liu Yinquan is the Chairman of the Social Democratic Party of China, a political party formed by Chinese immigrants in Europe.
[Liu Yinquan, Social Democratic Party of China Chairman]:
“Currently there are two groups obstructing the reform. They are the Maoist and those with vested interests. The two factions collaborate and oppose the reform. As we know, Premier Wen supports reform. Thus the two factions unite and fight against Wen Jiabao. Zhou Yongkang (Politburo Standing Committee Member) backs the vested interests groups. The extreme leftists are Bo Xilai, Kong Qingdong and Sima Nan. They formed a force to attack the reformers.”
During a major press conference after the “Two Sessions” meeting of the CCP earlier this year, Wen discussed the need for political, as well as economic reforms. He also directly singled out Chongqing Mayor Bo Xilai for “reversing” the course of political reform and for the scandal surrounding his former police chief Wang Lijun. Bo Xilai has since been removed from office, his current whereabouts – unknown.