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China Will NEVER Have "Overwhelming Victory" Against Corruption

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    Xi Jinping claims an “overwhelming victory”
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    against corruption.
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    But that...is a lie.
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    Welcome to China Uncensored, I’m Chris Chappell.
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    So, some people think the Chinese Communist
    Party is a little bit corrupt.
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    And I get it,
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    a regime that kills people for
    their organs and uses rape as form of torture
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    might not seem like it’s made up of upstanding,
    honest citizens.
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    But this month, there seems to be some good
    news:
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    Xi Jinping says China has won an “overwhelming victory” against corruption!
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    But while “overwhelming victory” sounds
    like some kind of...overwhelming victory...
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    it’s not that simple.
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    Xi Jinping had declared something like this
    before.
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    In 2018, he declared an “overwhelming victory”
    against graft
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    —so basically one type of corruption.
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    But obviously that victory wasn’t very
    overwhelming,
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    because he’s clearly been struggling against corruption
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    in the four
    years since then as well.
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    And even now, Xi Jinping says more work is
    needed to tackle the problem.
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    He says that from now on, there should be
    zero tolerance toward corruption.
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    And there should be “policies to make sure
    officials are not involved in corruption
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    because they ‘do not dare to, are not able to and
    do not want to.’”
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    That’s a weird threat.
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    It’s like if you wanted to go on YouTube
    to talk about
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    alien pedophile vaccine conspiracy theories.
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    YouTube would immediately shut down your channel,
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    so you don’t dare to.
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    And therefore...don’t want to?
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    At any rate, Xi Jinping is moving quickly.
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    Earlier this month, he announced a new rule
    to further rein in corruption:
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    Monitoring the business activities of officials’ families.
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    “Officials must report business activities
    of their spouses and children
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    and those who fail to do so or seek to skirt the rules
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    will
    be ‘dealt with seriously in accordance with
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    regulations and laws.’”
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    And officials now need to either get their
    families to withdraw from these business activities,
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    or they have to step down from their posts
    as communist officials.
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    This could affect dozens of high-ranking Party
    officials,
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    and potentially millions of lower officials.
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    For decades, Party members have installed
    family members in all sorts of positions,
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    from state-owned companies, to foreign joint
    ventures,
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    to private equity, and more.
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    This anti-corruption push is a big deal.
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    But it’s also not about fighting corruption.
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    I’ll explain after the break.
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    Welcome back.
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    Xi Jinping is talking big about fighting corruption
    within the Chinese Communist Party.
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    He claims to have won an “overwhelming victory.”
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    But that’s just not true.
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    From the very founding of the Chinese Communist
    Party in 1921,
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    it was based on corruption.
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    Essentially, you had a group of thugs whose
    plan
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    was to kill rich people and take their stuff,
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    and then take over the country.
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    Mao Zedong talked about using the “lumpenproletariat”
    for his revolution.
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    That refers to the social outcasts—
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    especially
    criminals,
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    including members of triads and secret criminal societies.
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    Mao wrote in 1926 that the lumpenproletariat
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    “can become a revolutionary force if given proper guidance.”
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    And guidance, he gave.
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    Mao specifically used the lumpenproletariat
    to fight his communist revolution.
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    Who else but criminals would be more willing
    to kill rich people and take their stuff?
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    And when the Communist Party finally came
    to power in 1949,
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    guess what kind of people were high ranking Party members?
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    A lot of them were criminals.
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    Even today, there’s a tight affiliation
    between the Communist Party and triads.
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    Check out our interview today on our China
    Unscripted podcast—
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    where our guest Sam Cooper talks about Party-linked triads
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    running drugs and money laundering in Canada.
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    The Chinese Communist Party is basically what
    you get
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    when a group of gangsters to take over an entire country:
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    They control gang members
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    they lock away so-called enemies,
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    they take over other people’s territory,
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    and they fight constant internal power struggles.
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    Violence and corruption are how the Communist
    Party stays in power!
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    That’s why I said Xi Jinping can never truly
    eliminate corruption
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    in the Chinese Communist Party.
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    But that’s not his real goal, anyway.
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    His real motive behind winning a victory over
    corruption
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    is winning a victory over his political enemies.
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    For example, former leader Jiang Zemin.
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    Jiang Zemin’s son, Jiang Mianheng, is a
    powerful businessman.
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    He has his fingers in everything from state-owned
    enterprises to joint ventures.
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    In 2012, the Hollywood company DreamWorks
    Animation began a joint venture in China,
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    called Oriental Dreamworks,
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    to create animated
    and live-action entertainment for the China market.
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    DreamWorks partnered with two Chinese companies
    plus Shanghai Alliance Investment—
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    which is an investment arm of the Shanghai municipal
    government.
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    Jiang Mianheng was chairman and CEO of Shanghai
    Alliance Investment.
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    Meaning, the son of Xi Jinping’s biggest
    rival
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    had a stake in a 300-plus-million dollar
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    company controlling media and entertainment
    in China.
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    Side note: That American joint venture
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    was
    eventually bought out completely by a Chinese company
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    —once it was no longer useful to
    have the Americans on board.
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    Anyway, the list goes on.
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    The son of former President Hu Jintao, Hu
    Haifeng,
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    “once managed a state-controlled firm that held a monopoly on security scanners
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    used in China’s airports, shipping ports
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    and subway stations.”
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    Former Chongqing Party chief Bo Xilai,
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    who
    got taken down by an internal power struggle in 2012,
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    had his own network of family corruption,
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    with at least $160 million in assets held
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    by his close relatives.
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    Basically, communist officials from top to
    bottom are out to make money.
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    And they often do it through corruption.
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    That includes installing their relatives in
    companies poised to make money,
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    with the help of their Party contacts.
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    The brilliant thing about Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption
    campaign is,
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    it’s actually a powerful weapon he can use to go after his political enemies—
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    while
    having the plus side of making it look like
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    he’s going after corruption.
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    But it’s selective.
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    Xi Jinping never sought corruption charges
    against his ally,
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    former premier Wen Jiabao.
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    Wen’s family members were worth hundreds
    of millions of dollars, often through corruption—
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    as you can see from this New York Times graphic.
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    But with his friend Wen Jiabao, that’s a-ok.
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    So for all my viewers in the West reading
    these glowing articles about Xi Jinping fighting corruption
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    —don’t be fooled.
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    Xi Jinping is not really targeting corruption.
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    He’s just struggling against his political
    enemies.
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    Like a good communist.
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    But because the entire Communist Party is
    based on corruption,
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    Xi Jinping will never actually win an “overwhelming victory.”
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    Just wait a few more years, and president-for-life
    Xi Jinping
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    will once again make an announcement
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    declaring victory over corruption.
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    Don’t be fooled that time, either.
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China Will NEVER Have "Overwhelming Victory" Against Corruption
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