Qishan: A New Face of Fear in China

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Wang Qishan is one indomitable leader of the Communist Party: he has used fear to battle corruption, and has done so perhaps, the most successfully. He scares his workers by reminding them of all of their wrongdoings, using it as a source to inspire them to strike fear in the hearts of those committing these wrongs. This is a new thing to grasp for many people in the Communist Party because chasing after the wealthy over how they acquired their wealth, is not how the state is used to doing things.

There is no real power in silencing critics, I believe. But some fear Qishan’s power so much they dare not comment. But why wouldn’t they be so? Qishan, after all, is the second most powerful leader in China, after Xi Jinping. The impact of his fearful tactics are everywhere, from the bureaucracy to state-owned enterprises. His workers have the authority to detain and interrogate suspects, sans the abiding of any legal clauses, they have demoted senior officials believed to be engaging with subjects that could be harmful to domestic security, and a handful of provinces can no longer count a senior leader as available to deal with their requests, any longer because they have mysteriously gone missing.

All of this has led some of these officials to term as “the devil” kinder than Qishan but how long do you think the state leader can keep up this brutal practices before someone figures out a loophole in his strategy? It’s not hard to imagine, a lot of the interrogation is based on beliefs, which if tackled will save China from future possible harm.

Some party members are already so afraid of Qishan and his ways they shy away from making tough political decisions, out of fear of how they might be linked to those interrogated. The campaign is gaining such momentum because so much of the party’s aristocratic families are yet to be interrogated over their connection to illegal endeavors. All you can do from now until 2017, when Qishan is due to retire is speculate.

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