Beijing (AsiaNews) - The traditional summer meeting of the leaders of
the Communist Party at a luxury resort in Beidaihe will test
President Xi Jinping's authority to lead the country and pursue his sweeping
Many China analysts and policy experts agree. In their view, the secretary
general's harsh statements about the "absolute necessity" to eliminate
graft even at the risk of one's life is clarion call against powerful groups
within the Communist Party of China itself.
The meeting, which takes place every year and lasts for several days, gives
high-level Communist officials an opportunity to meet in an unofficial atmosphere
to outline strategies and alliances for the coming year.
In 2013, the meeting in Beidaihe - a luxury seaside resort in Hebei on
the East China Sea - was used to warn the Communist Party that China "could
go the way of the Soviet Union" and to launch a harsh campaign
against freedom of speech.
Before this year's meeting, some
state media reported Xi Jinping's harsh words in a closed-door meeting with
members of the Politburo, i.e. China's ruling oligarchy.
The "two armies of
corruption and anti-corruption are in [. . .] a stalemate," the president said.
For this reason, the anti-graft campaign must go to the very end. To achieve
this, Xi said he would disregard "life, death and reputation".
University political science professor Zhang Ming, the situation was
complicated. "I think the announcement [last week of the formal
investigation into former security chief] Zhou Yongkang suggested that Xi did
not want to discuss the case at the meeting, but move forward on other possible
major corruption cases and issues," he said. "At the centre is what
kind of rule of law the leaders want."
The investigation into Zhou has already led to the fall of members of
his inner circle. A business associate of what was once China's "most powerful"
politician was tried, convicted and sentenced to death. And some 30 more people
connected with Zhou, including mid-level politicians and business people, are on
Holslag, research fellow at the Brussels Institute of Contemporary China
Studies, said Xi's biggest challenge was that he was becoming isolated.
leaders are losing patience with his economic policies. The military complains
about being stripped of some of its privileges. The party is getting
increasingly plagued by distrust and the public is starting to feel that the
easy times are over."