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As China’s President Xi Faces Internal Resistance, Familiar Communist Pattern Emerges

AMAC Exclusive – By Ben Solis

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At the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) National Party Congress next month, Chinese President Xi Jinping expects to be given an unprecedented third five-year term. But even as Xi consolidates control of the world’s most populous country and grows his cult of personality, other CCP officials are beginning to openly question his increasingly tyrannical actions, threatening to destabilize what has for more than four decades been a remarkably consistent authoritarian regime.

In an open letter released late last month, three senior members of the CCP, Dong Hongyi, Ma Guihui, and Tian Qizhuang, who joined the party thirty years ago, warned of the dangerous direction China was headed in by embracing a cult of personality around Xi Jinping. Specifically, the letter warned that the party’s goal of “leading everything” and removing safeguards against centralizing too much power would bring China to the brink of disaster.

“The main problem [the] country faces today is that party committees have too much power, and their reach is overly long,” the letter reads. The veteran officials argued that since the CCP should practice socialism within Chinese characteristics, its powers are limited, and its goals are defined. Like any other association, the party must abide by the law, not stand above it.

The party has already fallen into the trap of trying to control everything during COVID-19, the letter points out, a mistake that is ongoing with Xi’s draconian lockdown policies. No one can lead everything, and the idea that they can is absurd, the letter concludes.

The three officials point to the tragedy of the Cultural Revolution as a stark reminder of the dangers of a cult of personality. Under Mao Zedong, Chinese Communists sought to “purge” the country of the remnants of capitalist and traditionalist elements of Chinese society. Lasting from 1966 until Mao’s death in 1976, the Cultural Revolution led to millions of deaths, one of the greatest atrocities in human history. “We call upon those responsible to diffuse the power that has been excessively concentrated without supervision over the years, encourage competition and critique in the party before it is too late,” the letter stated.

Since coming to power in 2013, Xi has slowly eroded the few checks on his power that existed in China’s Communist system. Abandoning the more moderate approach of his predecessors, Xi has instead modeled his rule after Mao, attempting to install a cult of personality around himself. In 2018, Xi successfully pressured the legislature into passing a constitutional amendment abolishing presidential term limits, effectively allowing him to remain in power indefinitely. Under the guise of an “anti-corruption” campaign, Xi removed his political rivals and replaced them with staunch loyalists.

But Xi’s reign has been defined by corruption, as his cronies have come to occupy nearly every position of power. Xi allies fill senior posts in government-backed real estate firms and cooperative banks, stealing money from ordinary Chinese people. In their letter, Hongyi, Guihui, and Qizhuang say that Xi backers earn 100 times more than the average citizens, further contributing to the image of corruption within the system.

As Xi faces this backlash, he has reacted by only further tightening his grip over the country. This has earned him some ominous comparisons to Mao himself – perhaps no surprise given that Xi regularly sports Mao’s plain button-down suit for military parades, and has even adopted Mao’s calligraphy writing style.

Thankfully for the Chinese people, Xi’s reign has not yet been marked by the industrial-scale killing that defined Mao’s rule. While Xi has undoubtedly silenced and imprisoned dissenters (the three authors of the letter criticizing Xi have all been placed under strict surveillance) his crackdown has used chiefly the power of the government and the tools of the surveillance state to intimidate opponents, rather than simply executing them en masse, a primary feature of Mao’s Cultural Revolution.

Nonetheless, there is reason to believe the world should view Xi’s growing power with great alarm. While Xi’s brutality again pales in comparison to the other astoundingly evil Communist dictator of the 20th century, Joseph Stalin, his consolidation of power within the Chinese politburo bears striking resemblance to Stalin’s move to do the same after Lenin’s death. Like Xi, Stalin also purged the highest Soviet ranks of those deemed insufficiently loyal (although he accomplished this through murder and gulags, rather than Xi’s strategy of political exile and prison) surrounding himself with young, fervent followers fanatically devoted to his cult of personality. Even now, Xi has moved to lower the maximum age for members of the Politburo, in effect ousting the Old Guard members that might challenge Xi’s power grab.

While Stalin is today remembered as a brutal dictator, it is important to remember that his emergence as a fully-formed tyrant was a slow burn. For the first few years of his rule, Stalin appeared ready to rule in coordination with other Soviet leaders, before eventually transforming a collective dictatorship into a tyrannical dictatorship of one individual. Now, confronted with an eroding popular enthusiasm and increasing opposition within the party, Xi appears to see Stalin’s favorite motto as his own polemical cover for his unquestioned personal rule: “the party exercising unlimited power will lead everything.”

Ben Solis is the pen name of an international affairs journalist, historian, and researcher.


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PapaGrouch
2 months ago

Notice the parallels in this article: in how many places could you replace the names of Xi and Stalin with Obama and Biden (or name anyone in the WEF). The shocking thing is that I no longer find such a thing shocking at all. Pathetic.

Sarah S.
2 months ago

I suppose I am not as with it as some of you, but what is “cult of personality”? I have never heard this term.

anna hubert
2 months ago
Reply to  Sarah S.

A cultivated worship of the dictatorial leader such as Stalin,Obama as well. press constantly fawning odes being written in short adoration that strong and sure do not need that constant assurance of greatness must not forget the gratitude of adoring masses It is pathetic really

joe mchugh
2 months ago

??? How on Earth did those three senior members of the CCP, Dong Hongyi, Ma Guihui and Tian Qizhuang achieve their positions without understanding the psychology of the top leader of ANY communist government. I expect that Xi Jinping will carefully consider the concerns of those three dim bulbs. I’m also pretty sure that the associates and families of the authors of that letter will experience “new opportunities” in China.

One gets the opinion that the hierarchy of all governments are fairly dense. They couldn’t survive in a any normal job, so they enter politics and advance according to how despicable they are. You know, like most of the Congress critters in Washington, D.C.

mark
2 months ago

all of the young and so called educated in this country better be learning Chinese as a 2nd language it will come in very handy in the future with the socialist running things ,,

Jeb
2 months ago

Anyone, worldwide, who has read any history books is not surprised at how the totalitarian communist tyrants are acting. Shame on you if you find this shocking or surprising. Please educate yourself.

Chris
2 months ago
Reply to  Jeb

Exactly! As I was telling a friend recently, there is no way such a system does not attract those who seek power and eventually those who will take power by any means necessary. They cannot help but devolve into tyranny — it’s too easy for the right (wrong) person.

Thomas
2 months ago

No honor among thieves, er communists.

Hal
2 months ago
Reply to  Thomas

…er, DemocRats! …..but I guess the two terms are as close in this case as ugly on an ape!!!

David Millikan
2 months ago

Earlier this year over 365 Million Chinese left the COMMUNIST Chinese Party. They were smart.
So, let’s take the 365 million Chinese that believe in FREEDOM and FIGHT for it and bring them here. Then take all the COMMUNIST liberals starting with DICTATOR Beijing biden and send them to COMMUNIST China where they will feel right at home.
That’s a fair trade.

Hal
2 months ago
Reply to  David Millikan

Hmm, 365 million Chinese left the Communist Party. Maybe there is hope yet that a couple of million DemocRats will leave the Commie DemocRat Party and stop choking off the greatness and prosperity of this Nation’s Constitutional Democracy.!!!!!

PaulE
2 months ago
Reply to  Hal

Per the Constitution, we are a republic NOT a democracy.

dave s
2 months ago
Reply to  David Millikan

Don’t know where that number came from since as of 2022, the CCP has more than 96 million members (per various sources online).

CB
2 months ago

Maybe he will just disappear like the millions he has done. Poetic justice.

David Galassini
2 months ago

History repeats because evil has one goal control and brutal implementation of ideals.

Hal
2 months ago

Yeah, …. Tito, Stalin, Hitler, Biden, etc…. illustrate your point.

BillC
2 months ago

Perhaps it was no accident that the author of this article highlighted concerns in China that bear some striking resemblance to ours here in America. We also have a regime that rules by executive order in ways only constitutionally permitted by acts of Congress, which persecutes and imprisons dissenters, robs citizens of their wealth or even their ability to survive through double digit inflation and plans for more new taxes, (consider the massive numbers of homeless people living on the streets) and the alphabet soup of corrupt agencies that regulate without constitutional authority. The only thing Xi has done even better than us is the age limitation for the members of the Politburo, (most of our Congressional leaders should have retired a decade ago). We even have the “young fervent followers” who are too naive to understand how wealth redistribution destroys productivity and motivation of the citizens. When you can get paid for creating civil unrest, (BLM was paying $25/hr before the recent wave of inflation), no need to contribute a damn thing to the GDP. The more I look at it, the more obvious the parallels become between the CCP and the present day Democrat party!

PaulE
2 months ago

I’ll be generous and give everyone a small glimpse into the near future regarding China. President Xi will indeed be given a third term and be elevated to the same status as Mao in October. The three members of the CCP mentioned in this articles criticizing President Xi will then find themselves either “marginalized” (much of the authority, personal wealth and governmental perks curtailed), announce their “retirement” (forced out of the CCP altogether and stripped of everything) to be forgotten or they will all just suddenly and quietly disappear. Never to be heard from again with no official explanation coming from any official Chinese governmental channels.

As for the people of China, they are irrelevant as they have no means or really the will to stand up to the CCP that controls all aspects of their lives. Everyone in China understands what will happen to them should their either publicly speak up or somehow act out of turn and draw the attention and ire of the CCP upon them. They are good little sheep.

A few western writers may write a couple of articles like they did when when Jack Ma and other critics of President Xi spoke up too publicly, but that is about it. Since these 3 CCP officials are not widely known outside of western think tanks and some limited academic circles, there will be little appetite in the West to either keep the news of their fates alive or put any serious pressure on the CCP to explain their fates. President Xi will continue to advance his agenda to make China the lone world superpower by 2035 with the full support of the CCP. Communist leaders stay on top by being utterly ruthless and quickly eliminating any challenge to their authority, no matter how small and insignificant it may be at the time. President Xi may smile nicely for the cameras and put on the facade of a pragmatic leader when it suites him, but his publicly available writings all document him as a ruthless, highly intelligent and decisive leader, that will eliminate or overcome any obstacle that stands between him and the future that he envisions for China and himself.

Hal
2 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

Mostly by far “himself.”

PaulE
2 months ago
Reply to  Hal

Wouldn’t it be nice if this clueless administration had had some semblance of a plan for dealing with the CCP and China other than “We don’t consider China a threat or even a competitor to the United States.”? Ignoring a real and growing threat doesn’t make that threat go away. It just gives it a clear path to proceed unobstructed towards its goal. Instead we have a senile, old fool in the White House surrounded by socialist sycophants pulling his strings.

Veteran
2 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

Why would someone bought and paid for by the CCP act against their interests? He may be old, senile, and a fool but his policies are in line with China’s interests. The real question is why do our bureaucrats in the deep state, who will become obsolete under a very possible Chinese occupation, support a party that seems to legislate to that end goal of making them obsolete? Then again who could ever claim that socialists, communists are rational people?

PaulE
2 months ago
Reply to  Veteran

The CCP already hold a great deal of sway over our federal bureaucracy today. They have been in place for quite a while based on the type of decisions being routinely made that either look the other way or simply rubber stamp anything that has to do with China. There is no need for some sort of “occupation” in the sense of sending in Chinese personnel to run things. The existing socialists already embedded throughout the administrative state of the federal government are already acting in a manner that fully supports the long-term interests of the CCP.

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