Armed with his Twitter and YouTube accounts and a collection of corruption allegations against top Party, business, and media leaders in China, Chinese businessman Guo Wengui has for months been engaged in a heated publicity battle with communist Beijing.
On his “all is well” video yesterday, Guo highlighted his efforts with his global teams to break through the Great Wall blockage in China and progress made in recent weeks.
The latest whistle blow early this month was evidence revelation of more properties of Wang Qishan’s relatives in the United States.
On June 16, Mingjing News streamed a new interview with Guo, in which he let loose more explosive (but largely unverified) accusations, most aimed at corruption czar Wang Qishan and his wife, Yao Mingshan (Bill Bishop summarized these in his June 19 Sinocism newsletter). Both the Mingjing website and YouTube were very difficult to access for part of the interview broadcast, leading to speculation that they had been hacked to prevent his allegations from being heard.
On April 19, Voice of America cut short a live interview with Guo — and subsequently put five of its own journalists on administrative leave. “I suspect somebody caved in to the Chinese government’s demand, because the timing itself was very suspicious,” one of those journalists, Mandarin Service Chief Sasha Gong.
Over 4 months before, Guo, the self-made Chinese billionaire, has begun revealing extraordinary, sordid claims about sexual, political, monetary and asset corruption at high levels in his homeland. “Our team in Australia has already worked on this for about a year. We’ve got around several dozen people’s DNA. And they’re undergoing a valid, legally valid medical inspection. And we have obtained records of their addresses, the movement of their wealth, and their social connections.” Guo said at an interview., asserting that he has stripped off the coverings of the Communist Party and its top officials so that people smell their stinking bindings.
New York Times has dubbed internet sensation Guo Wengui “the biggest political story in China this year.”
It was this special background and experience, according to Liang Jing, and especially this special process of ‘enlightenment’, that allowed an insignificant member of the ‘ant tribe’ to become a ‘world citizen’, who today dares challenge the highest authorities of the CCP. Guo Wengui’s elite patrons of that time couldn’t have imagined such a result, because their ‘enlightening’ him stemmed from their own values and interests, without political designs.
A further important factor in Guo’s ability to stir up the political situation in China in 2017 is that the regime seriously underestimated him: not only his political courage, but his political intelligence as well.
Two radical females figures Guo repeatedly accused was Ms Huang Yan, a former Beijing planning commission chief and now a deputy minister at the housing ministry, and Ms Hu Shuli, the prominent Chinese journalist and founder of Caixin Media.
Guo has accused Huang of corruption and sex scandals with her superior officials. Guo and Caixin’s chief editor Hu Shuli have a history as adversaries. Guo has accused Hu of extortion, saying on his Facebook account that he would reveal details of a conspiracy involving Hu’s wealth and cooperation between Caixin and China’s National Security Department. Hu denies these allegations, as well as Guo’s other claims against her. Guo has said he has documents and recordings of conversations that support his accusations against Hu. Both women have responded with lawsuits in New York.
Another major target, HNA Group, the Chinese conglomerate that has conducted an international deal spree, sued wealthy Chinese businessman Guo Wengui for defamation. Among his allegations, Guo has made claims that Chinese political officials and their families have undisclosed ownership in HNA Group, which has become a global force and the biggest shareholder of Deutsche Bank and Hilton Worldwide Holdings.
The 19th National Congress of the CCP will be held in Beijing in the autumn of 2017 and there are speculations that 69-year-old Wang Qishan would remain a key figure in the standing committee of the party’s politburo. It’s been a headache for him to try to distract the attention of national viewers.
News and information about Guo Wengui are strictly censored in China, though official media outlets have published stories accusing Guo of bribery, fraud, and rape. However, the comment sections on these news websites have been disabled.
Seen as a linked incident, more Chinese finance big-dealers were scrutinised last week. Anbang Insurance Group announced that its chairman Wu Xiaohui has temporarily stepped down due to “personal reasons.” The announcement came following domestic media reports that Wu was detained by authorities on Friday in Beijing and taken in for questioning. Wu’s detention comes amid a broader crackdown on corruption and an effort by central authorities to discipline the financial industry.
Early, another well-connected business tycoon, Xiao Jianhua, was abducted from his hotel room in Hong Kong and is believed to be currently undergoing questioning by investigators in China.
Repeatedly, Guo is holding back promised evidence in order to “let the bullets fly for a while.” He said he has a three year plan, and “everything is just beginning.”
The supportive responses to Guo show that while Zhongnanhai regards the man as a villain, his followers outside of the Great Firewall are seeing him as more and more of a hero capable of taking on the CCP, and appear to have faith that he can back up his allegations against top Party leaders.
John Lee says in his Twitter: Mr. Guo, from Day One of your leaks you and the CCP no longer had an “internal problem,” and there’s no “internal” plan to solve this. The CCP sees you as a malignant “cancer” growing inside the system, and they have to eliminate you, and fast.
Mingjing News Director He Pin said the Communist Party has no future, and Mr. Guo is only one of the fighters to dig a tomb for it. Yuan Hongbing, exiled former Beijing University law professor and classmate of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, defended Guo, saying that he “sees injustice on the road and draws his sword to help the victim”.
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It’s no surprise that those revelations of wrongdoing among politburo and law enforcement elite have captured the attention of tens of millions of Chinese citizens. Millions of his followers on Chinese social media apps have been forced to resort to covert retweets, avoiding detection by constantly creating new word variations.
Guo says, “Who has bought the most land in Xiongan New Area? Is the plan of Xiongan really that confidential? Why China’s properties are becoming so expensive? Why it becomes harder and harder for people to buy property? I have mentioned that China’s corruptions are mainly in the financial field, the stock market and real estate”.
Guo’s case offers a glimpse of the troubling future to come. The Great Firewall will get ever smarter as Beijing adds artificial intelligence (AI) to its political toolbox, something experts say is imminent. At present the application of AI can only be done with troves of big data, but in China, such information is already entirely in the hands of those in power.
According to Hong Kong Next Weekly’s Interview remarks, “Guo Wengui is a legend. He is also an exceedingly difficult person. Only Guo Wengui is able to cause a headache for the entire CCP Politburo Standing Committee; prompt Interpol to issue a “Red Arrest Notice”; and furthermore impel the Foreign Ministry to pressure U.S. congress, cut off his exposé program on Voice of America, and turn all of the state’s power on him alone.”
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By Cloudy Seagail