APRIL 12 UPDATE:
Chinese Armed Police Crush Sudden Chongqing Protests
Timeline Of Key Events
MARCH 21 UPDATES:
China's Coup Jitters
Inside the Ring: Beijing coup rumors
The Ouster of Bo Xilai Is Only the Beginning
Hong Kong’s Elections Marred by Beijing’s Power Struggle
Chinese Coup Rumors Run Wild Online, Then Disappear: Adam Minter
MARCH 22 UPDATES:
In China, the bats of rumor take wing
Bo Xilai and Zhou Yongkang were planning coup
According to an unnamed Beijing source, Zhou Yongkang, a member of the elite nine-member Politburo Standing Committee, secretly promised to help Bo join him in the country's most powerful decision-making body and take over his role as secretary of the Political and Legislative Affairs Committee. This would have allowed Bo to control the People's Armed Police and Ministry of Public Security, and force Xi to step down before inserting himself in the vice president's place as expected future general secretary, the source said.
Mingjing also reported that Bo, through Wang and in the name of Chongqing's Public Security Bureau, purchased 5,000 rifles and 50,000 rounds of ammunition from a local munitions factory last year in order to create a private army. The People's Armed Police has already been sent to Chongqing to investigate the whereabouts of the weapons, the report said.
(Blogger's note: 5K rifles w/10 rounds each against China's multi-million man army? I smell BS.)
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MARCH 23 UPDATES:
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China’s Internet Censors Take Break During Party Infighting
Regime Mouthpiece Reveals Confusion Over Chinese Leadership
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"History is a capricious creature. It depends on who writes it." - Mikhail Gorbachev
There's been a flurry of rumors throughout the day of unusual activity in Beijing that may be suggestive of a military coup. These rumors were apparently started by state-controlled press and have been fanned by weak attempts at censorship of Twitter-like feeds in China.
The odds are that the rumors are groundless. If, however, they have merit and some sort of military coup by hardliners unfolds in Beijing, then this squares with the global bipolar disorder hypothesis I've long been touting. Likewise, the bets of the Capitalist West on the feigned end of the Cold War will be off as the Communist East shows its true face:
"Behind the mask of diplomatic and political cooperation and partnership with the United States and Europe, the current Russian leaders are following the strategy of their predecessors and working towards a 'New World Order'. When the right moment comes the mask will be dropped and the Russians with Chinese help will seek to impose their system on the West on their own terms..." - Anatoliy Golitsyn's Memorandum to the CIA: FEBRUARY 1993 - The Importance Of The Strategic Factor In Assessing Developments In Russian And Communist China
UPDATE: For some strange reason, Chinese authorities have just allowed the Chinese-language version of The Epoch Times to be viewed behind the 'Great Firewall' - an outlet for the Communist-repressed Falun Gong movement (notably, this has been particularly so for Bo Xilai's city). It's as if Chinese intelligence is seeking to use internet activity (closely monitored at the Pentagon where there's signs of heightened activity) to portray a power struggle of some sort between hardliners and reformers. Allowing The Epoch Times to be publicly seen in China indicates that reformers currently have the upper hand. Of course, the real question is: Why are Beijing authorities staging such theater for Western audiences?
One possibility that has come to mind is that, if Bo Xilai, Maoist allies and nationalist military elements have thrown a hardline coup in Beijing, they might have allowed public access to The Epoch Times to falsely signal that moderates are still in power while they maneuver behind the scenes to take full control, particularly with regard to the military and intelligence services. Also, this would provide an opportunity for tracking down Chinese netizens sympathetic to Falun Gong. Of course, almost any such "events" in Beijing must be seen as staged theater for Western audiences since "nationalist hardliners" have been running the show all along.
The day before the sacking (of Bo Xilai), Wen Jiabao, China’s prime minister, had foreshadowed it with a rare public ticking-off for the Chongqing leadership at a press conference. In another presumed dig at Mr Bo, however, Mr Wen said something rather remarkable: that, without political reform China might suffer another tragedy, “like the Cultural Revolution”.
The sacking of Bo Xilai
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