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Chinese disappearances are no mere coincidence

Oct 02, 2023

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Larry Lindsey

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Xi Jinping has greatly expanded his power and authority within China since rising to the presidency in 2013. In similarly authoritarian systems, political disappearances, assassinations, and abductions frequently rise. Throughout 2023, observers have noticed these events playing out in China. Even the most powerful and high-profile Chinese politicians have fallen victim to secretive disappearances and abductions, sometimes with little or no public explanation.

Straight Arrow News contributor Larry Lindsey believes these events are not coincidental. Lindsey argues that the disappearances of several top-level politicians reveal an unstable Xi Jinping, one fearful of challenges to his power and always searching for expendable scapegoats.

Xi is unpopular. Now, if you’re unpopular, and you’re a dictator, there’s two things you got to worry about. First, you find scapegoats so you don’t get the blame and that’s one explanation for what happened. Another is that he’s paranoid about being replaced. And that certainly makes sense as well.

Well, no one really knows what’s going on in China but you can make a guess. And the best indicator is U.S. policy. We sent a whole string of envoys to China. And the goal of each of those envoys — these are people like Cabinet members —  their visit was considered a success if it ended with a meeting with Xi.

Well, why would we do that? First of all, we’re trying to reassure Xi that we have no desire to see regime change. Even if he’s paranoid, we’re trying to at least make him a little less paranoid about our involvement. But more importantly, it’s proof that the U.S. government knows that all those disappearances were probably not a coincidence.

The only thing you can say about Zhi Jing ping in his government in China is stranger and stranger. Let’s just look at the last three months.

 

Zhi Jing ping, head of the country was a no show at both the G 20 meeting,

 

which is the 20 big economies. It’s the first time he has missed that in since becoming president Ted ears.

 

He showed but did not give a well anticipated speech at the summit of the BRICS, Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa, and even he did not attend the UN General Assembly. And he didn’t send his foreign minister. It’s like he’s pulling back from the world. Oh, speaking of that Foreign Minister,

 

the new foreign minister, this is a guy named Wang Yi. Now, he just replaced someone who got the job. At the beginning of the year, then Jin got

 

now Jin Gang was the foreign minister. But he disappeared off the face of the earth back in June. We found out just last week, what happened to him. He was arrested and ultimately fired for having an affair. While he was in the US now, sort of things are probably trial during that. And, you know, the his

 

partner was a well known TV star in China. But that’s beside the point. Here you fire the foreign minister for having an affair. And then there’s the defense minister, who had just been appointed by Juhi in March. And in August, he was arrested. Justice, he was about to meet with some of his counterparts, defense counterparts from Vietnam, never showed up for the mediate Vietnamese for concern. So just think about this. Both the foreign minister, like our Secretary of State and the defense minister, like our secretary defense, have disappeared this summer. And it brings back another disappearance. That is she’s predecessor as president guiding who Jintao was escorted, I think is the right word. From the meeting last October of the Congress of the Chinese Communist Party.

 

Fun kind of odd to be arresting your predecessor as president. Suppose we’re doing that now. But anyway, beside the point, it’s still an unusual thing to do.

 

So what’s up? Why all these public disappearances? Well, there’s actually an innocent explanation for each and every one of them. Corruption in the case of that fence sinister short, every one is corrupt in any society like that, where the government officials control so much money and stuff

 

who Jintao was described as having been sick, he didn’t look very sick, and he was clearly resisting being escorted out. But he did appear six weeks later, at his predecessors president’s funeral. The guy who’s listening was shocked she meant

 

now that was said that that was proof he hadn’t been purged. But he may have also been let out for a day. He did not look as good as he had six six weeks earlier indicating been detained. And he hasn’t been seen sets. Again, they’re all each one is innocent explanation, age affair corruption. But the coincidences that are really quite remarkable. Well, what’s happening? First, G is fairly unpopular.

 

During the run up to last October’s Communist Party Congress, there was a lot of talk, but he would have his wings clipped. He didn’t have his wings clipped to triumph. And probably his arrest of who Jintao was proof to the world and to the party, that he was completely in fraud. Well, why is he unpopular? He had a big shift in his tenure, away from making China Rich to making it powerful in the world and making the Chinese Communist Party more powerful at home. Well, that cause all kinds of problems. First, he got his trading partners like the United States, so

 

concerned that they began limiting and terrifying their imports from China, as well as embargoing, some key equipment, Trump started it and Biden continued it. China’s an export based economy, and doing things like that really started to kick phonies out from under the economy. It’s so bad that they stopped reporting their use unemployment rate, which was north of 20%. Last time it was reported, it’s so bad, they’re not going to continue with their GDP growth, who’s missing target. There’s widespread leverage throughout the economy if too much borrowing, and it’s really showing up in the housing market. Homeowners or homeowners be had to put down most of the money for the apartment. It a lot of them are sitting vacant. And because the builder has gone bankrupt, and these people have lost in money, with no place to live, and they have begun protesting. And by far the biggest protests, which happened last November, were against Gs COVID locked down policies which were draconian, leaving people literally locked in their apartment buildings in very tiny apartments. for weeks and weeks and weeks.

 

Food even became a problem.

 

GE is unpopular. Now, if you’re unpopular, and you’re a dictator, there’s two things you got to worry about. Firstly, you find some state coat so you don’t get the blame. And that’s one explanation for what happened. Another is that he’s paranoid about being replaced. And that certainly makes sense as well. Well, no one really knows what’s going on in China. But you can make a deaths. And the best indicator is US policy. We sent a whole string of envoys to China. And the goal of each of those envoys these are people like Cabinet members. Their visit was considered a success of it ended with a meeting with Xi.

 

Well, why would we do that? First of all, we’re trying to reassure GE, that we have no desire to see regime change, even if he’s paranoid. We’re trying to at least make them a little less paranoid about our involvement. But more importantly, it’s proof that the US government knows that all those disappearances are probably not a coincidence.

 

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