Metamorphosis of The Empire
The promotion and infusion of ‘western virtues and values’ – greed, promiscuity, and moral degradation, and the glorification of ‘wealth’ and ‘pompousness’, into the fabrics of Chinese society suggest that China has fallen into the trap the same Western Empire that had devoured the West.
In this essay – The final in the series, we analyze and interpret the events in China with this perspective.
P r e f a c e
China has emerged as the New Powerhouse on the global stage. And, The Empire has made its decision again; China has to be The New Seat of The Empire, and The United States has to submit and surrender. There is no place for the Unites States of America in the New World – The Empire will provide for the systemic “breakdown” and disintegration of the Union.
China’s rule will be absolute. The Empire will survive and thrive, though under the Chinese robe.
These are the dreams and aspirations of both the Old and New Empires. But, there may be some very serious problems waiting in the wing.
Since the end of Mao era in 1976, and in particular since after the year 2003, China has gone through some very deep rooted policy shifts and changes. The alliances and accommodations that were made with the Old Empire during that period are bearing fruits now – And, the fruits are very poisonous – for the people.
Both Flanks of the Empire have the same worry; some hot heads – both in the PLA and within The Party, may decide to intervene in the ‘most inappropriate’ manner – and at the most ‘most inappropriate’ time.
And, on the Chinese front, Mr. Xi Jinping is fully aware of these dangers, and taking all the necessary preemptive actions to avoid the possibility of any undesired intervention at the wrong time. The stacks are too high to leave any thing to chances.
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During the period of 1978 – 1980 some strategic policy adjustments and accommodations were made between the Western Powers and China. China’s initial trajectory, as set in motion during the Mao era, was to take China into the upper echelon of high-tech and heavy industry, bestowing upon it military superiority and dominance. But, there were no provisions for individual “wealth” for the “chosen” elites of the Old Gang of the Communist Party.
Since 1972, when President Richard Nixon traveled to China and met with Mao Zedong, the lure of “wealth” had been dangling in front of the Party Leadership. It was only the presence of Mao that was keeping every one on the austerity wagon, otherwise, for many of them, the shine of wealth was too much to resist. Deng Xiaoping represented the faction that wanted to change the course of China and align it with the West for the benefit of the Leadership – The Chinese Elites.
Upon Mao’s death Deng Xiaoping took over the leadership of China and introduced Economic Reforms and The Open Door Policy initiative – It was the door that was opened to the Western Empire. From that moment on, China’s trajectory had been changed to coincide with that of the West – to create maximum wealth for the Chinese Elites.
Despite many attempts by the opposition within, and the multiple purges of the Party Cadre and PLA Command, China has since been on course. Now, it is the term of Mr. Xi Jinping, and he is working diligently to keep China on course to its Predestined Destiny to assume the Throne and be the Face of The New Empire.
Xi Jinping has a very important role to play.
The Kingly Xi Jinping
Mr. Xi Jinping is the current face of the emerging Chinese Empire. From Australia and New Zealand to the US, he is being accorded the royal treatment. He is the main character in the mega episode, “The Metamorphosis of The Empire“. It is prudent to know and recognize the projected face of the Envisioned New Empire.
Xi Jinping is the leader of the People’s Republic’s fifth generation of leadership – The Princely Leadership. He holds the top offices of the party, state, and military as the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, the President of the People’s Republic of China, and the Chairman of the Central Military Commission.
He was born in Beijing in 1953. His father, Xi Zhongxun, was head of the CCP’s central propaganda department and deputy minister of culture and education. Xi Zhongxun was known for political moderation, and for that he endured many setbacks and was imprisoned and purged several times. But, he always managed to recover and rise again.
Xi Jinping grew up in the gated communities and elite schools of China’s Red Aristocracy. Like many of the princelings, Xi has used family connections to smooth his career. But while other princelings have gone into business to make vast fortunes, Xi used his network for political advancement.
Xi Jinping had chosen to start his career outside the capital, and in 1983 he requested a position in the provinces. Over the next twenty-five years, Xi rose through the ranks of the party leadership, starting in the poor northern province of Hebei (1983-85), before being transferred to the wealthy southeastern provinces of Fujian (1985-2002) and Zhejiang (2002-07).
In 2007, Xi was parachuted in to lead Shanghai, which was in the midst of a corruption scandal. Xi dealt with the scandal so effectively that within seven months he was summoned to Beijing to join China’s central leadership in October 2007, and become vice-president of the PRC in March 2008.
On 15 November 2012, Xi Jinping was elected to the post of General Secretary of the Communist Party and Chairman of the CPC Central Military Commission by the 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, making him – in fact – the paramount leader of the Communist Party of China.
Xi was elected President of the People’s Republic of China on 14 March 2013, in a confirmation vote by the 12th National People’s Congress in Beijing. He is the most successful members of the Crown Prince Party of modern China.
Xi Jinping has been a favorite of the elites of the Western Empire. He is well connected with the powerhouses like Goldman Sachs. US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson was an admirer of Xi. “He’s the kind of guy who really knows how to get over the goal line,” Paulson said of Xi back in 2006.
Xi Jinping’s daughter, Xi Mingze (born in 1992, nicknamed as Xiao Muzi) is studying at Harvard University under a pseudonym, of course.
Xi Jinping is Royal all the way.
Prospects of a Military Coup in China
Chinese are well aware and conscious of the lavish life style of the power elites in The Party, and the extravaganza of the super rich. Unlike in the west, where the wealth of the super rich was built up over the period of centuries, Chinese billionaires are the instantaneous billionaires – a product of a totalitarian system gone utterly corrupt. Chinese people see these billionaires’ wealth in direct conjunction with the hard work and labor of their parents. And, that is the reason of the brewing resentment in Chinese masses. It may erupt at the slightest nudge from any direction.
The Authorities in Beijing, and in particular Mr. Xi Jinping, are fully aware of the Chinese anger and frustration. The anger and danger is more so with the PLA Command and the Party Cadre.
Within the PLA command, there are elements who are still Maoist at heart. They are fully aware of the Game of The Empires that is being played on the global arena – with China at the center of it. They don’t agree with the policies of Xi, and do not hesitate to show their defiance of Xi .
This group of military command is certainly in contact with their like minded comrades within the Party and may be ready to strike at the right moment. These elements, both in the PLA and The Party, pose an existential threat to the Beijing’s authority. There have been rumors of a couple of coup attempts by localized military units within the Beijing area in the last two years.
President Xi Jinping is the ‘Prince’ president of the Billionaires Club of China. He has proven to be very shrewd, and a ruthless politician.
And, The Operation Grand Mop
Xi Jinping administration has been on the “purge” binge since taking over the command. The purges are going on under the disguise of “anti-corruption” drive. But, the real reason is removing the opposition that may raise obstacles to the Grand Plan of The Empire.
The PLA Command:
There have be recent instances where the PLA had taken actions in obvious defiance challenge to Xi and to undermine his authority.
During his visit to India in September 2014, Xi Jinping was humiliated by the PLA. It was an important and long-awaited summit meeting. While he was shaking hands with Indian Prime Minister, Chinese troops, number up to battalion strength, about 1,000 soldiers, crossed the Line of Actual Control. It was clear China’s military commanders intended to create a provocation as they advanced several kilometers on the Indian side of the temporary line.
“Even such small incidents can impact the biggest of relationships just as a little toothache can paralyze the entire body,” Modi told Xi, after it was clear the People’s Liberation Army had not returned to China’s side of the line. The tense standoff, perhaps the worst in years, continued when Xi ended his three-day visit.
At the same time, there was a “civilian confrontation” at Demchok, a village also in Ladakh. There, Chinese yak and pony herders set up tents about a half kilometer on the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control, clearly at the direction of Chinese authorities, most likely the army.
It was obvious that someone in the Chinese army wanted to derail relations with India by timing the incursions to coincide with Xi’s visit, which means that there are generals who have their own mind, and would like to exert their authority. They will almost certainly oppose any “concessions” or “deal” with any one that may jeopardize China’s independence and integrity. Such elements within the PLA command pose a great danger to the New Empire.
Upon his return from trip to India, Xi embarked on the mission to further consolidate his authority over the military. Mr. Xi Jinping, while chastising the military command and advising it to always obey the authority of the Communist Party, has lately been busy reshuffling and removing quite a few of the ‘bad apples’ from the lot of the PLA command.
In June, 2014, The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection announced that one of China’s most senior military officials, Xu Caihou, had been expelled from the Chinese Communist Party for accepting bribes. Later, the CCDI also announced that three other senior officials had been expelled from the Party, including Jiang Jiemin, Wang Yongchun and Li Dongsheng.
Xi Jinping administration has since further intensified its clean-up operation of the PLA command.
China’s Xinhua news agency reported that President Xi Jinping had presided over a Politburo meeting about military discipline and approved the decision to expel Gen. Xu from the Party. So far, there are more than 30 senior PLA commanders and Party officials who have been brought down since Xi started the anti-corruption campaigns, including Su Rong who was the vice chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference National Committee.
The Elders and Elites of The Party:
Quite a few of the Party’s and PLA’s old guards have been quietly removed, or permanently “terminated”. The list is too long.
At head of the list was Zhou Yongkang, the farmer Chief of the Ministry of Public Security and a member of the all powerful Politburo Standing Committee. He was one of the most powerful opponent of Xi Jinping. As China’s Security Tsar, Zhou was responsible for China’s courts, law enforcement, prosecution agencies, paramilitary forces, and domestic intelligence agencies. As such, he had cultivated a large network of sympathizers and operatives both in the security apparatus and within the PLA.
Although Zhou had retired in late 2012 from the elite Politburo Standing Committee, he, along with Bo Xilai, was working to make a behind-the-scenes grab for power.
It was only pertinent for Xi Jinping’s group to bring down his entire network.
Xi last year began rolling up the strongman’s extensive network of patronage, assembled over more than four decades in the oil industry, Sichuan provincial politics and the internal security services. More than 300 of Zhou’s relatives, political allies, business associates, underlings and staff, have been arrested, detained or questioned,
Authorities seized assets worth at least 90 billion yuan ($14.5 billion) from Zhou’s family members and associates.
In the process of dismantling the old guard network of Zhou, with the approval of China’s two previous leaders, Hu Jintao and Jiang Zemin, as well as other senior officials, Xi broke with an unwritten rule that incumbent and retired members of the Standing Committee were immune from corruption investigations.
In December 2014, Zhou was arrested for leaking state secrets, secret documents of the party besides adultery, corruption, abuse of power, and sedition. Chinese prosecutors have made sure that the court considers giving former security czar Zhou Yongkang a death sentence or at least the sentence of death with a reprieve.
Dismantling the Entire Zhou Network:
Zhou had backed Bo Xilai to join the Politburo Standing Committee in the run-up to the 2012 Communist Party conference that would have installed a new leadership. Bo was the Party boss of Chongqing in Sichuan province, and would have been beholden to Zhou (himself a former Sichuan Party chief) and a powerful rival to Xi had he succeeded in reaching the top level.
Bo Xilai, the son of Bo Yibo, one of the Eight Elders of the Communist Party of China, was one of the “princelings” of Chinese politics. He was becoming quite popular with his anti-corruption drive. He was stripped of all his party positions, and On 22 September 2013, was found guilty of corruption, stripped of all his assets, and sentenced to life imprisonment. His entire family and network of operative was eliminated – thanks in part to the helping hands of the British MI6.
Zhou had also attempted to gain influence over a top aide to then President Hu Jintao, Ling Jihua. Ling’s 20 year old son, Ling Gu, was killed driving a Ferrari in Beijing on March 18, 2012 !
Zhou Yongkang’s son Zhou Bin, who had business interests in the energy sector, was also a key target of the corruption probe. In a sign of Zhou Yongkang’s lingering influence in the security apparatus, Zhou Bin eluded a warrant for his arrest and fled to the United States early 2013.
Upon request from the Chinese authorities, Zhou Bin was made to return to China, and was arrested – His whereabouts unknown.
From Zhou Bin, the investigation had led to Liu Han. Younger Zhou and Liu were business partners. Well-connected Chinese magazine ‘Caixin’ reported in February 2014 that Liu and Zhou Bin had worked together on deals in power generation and tourism in Sichuan. It was further noted that the rise of Liu Han’s business empire coincided with Zhou Yongkang’s posting as Sichuan Party secretary from 1999 to 2002.
At the time Liu was detained, his gang had stakes in 70 companies and had accumulated assets worth almost 40 billion yuan ($6.4 billion), according to the official coverage of his arraignment and trial, which was closed to the public. Liu Han was executed in early 2014 and all the assets of his family and associates confiscated.
In the last two years, nearly 255,000 officials and others in governments and state-owned enterprises have been held for detention or charged. Some 80 have died or committed suicide while in custody.
The pace of purges and eliminations is not only going on full blast, it is intensifying – like in the rest of the world. All the hurdles on the marching path of The Empire are being removed – very thoroughly.
Distractions & The Final Phase
All this hoopla – from the encirclement of China to the Pivot to Asia, and from the separatist movement in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region to the the protests in Hong Kong, can be seen as mere distraction – deliberately half-backed plots cooked together to avoid public suspicion of the emergence of the ‘Axis of The Empires‘.
Russia can also be viewed as an important, albeit smaller, player in the game of the Super Billionaires’ Empire.
The growing crescendo of the reports of disgusting, pungent, and anti-human CIA/Pentagon torture practices, reports of indulgence of the Lords & Royals of the United Kingdom in the rampant Child Rapes and Murders, and the increasing frequency of ludicrously hatched False Flag Operations all over the West – which are becoming so obvious to the majority of the global audience with each new incremental episode, are all very thoughtfully designed and orchestrated to pull away the remaining shreds – if any, of civility and humanity from the ghostly face of the West – The Den of the vicious and the enemies of humanity.
China is the projected Face of the Humanity – The face of the New Empire.
Those in the know, know the reality, it is going to be just a New Face, implanted on the same Old Empire. The real danger to The Empire is with the Elements, well embedded within the cobwebs of the apparatus of The Empire, who are determined to ‘terminate‘ it for good.
And, the responsibility to root out this mortal danger to The Empire rests, on most part, with China. Mr. Xi Jinping has to ensure and provide for a smooth transition.