At a meeting of the CCP Politburo earlier this month, Xi Jinping set in motions the plans for “anti-corruption work” next year. Then the official media of the CCP released a series of articles saying that it would continue to punish corruption, and effectively fight against a new form of corruption called “white gloves.” Some analysts believe that, right after Jiang Zemin’s death, Xi sent a signal to purge the forces of Jiang’s faction.
CCP official media publishing articles about punishing acts of corruption
China Newsweek, a subsidiary of China News Agency, had an article on December 12 titled “Mystery of the corrupt ‘white glove.’” It is said that the website of the State Commission for Discipline Inspection and Supervision on November 16 confirmed that “white-glove” corruption cases are getting more and more complicated with ever-changing forms and formats, which is why the commission needs to fight corruption with the new effective forms.
According to the article, there is no standard definition for “white gloves.” However, people often use the term to refer to those who whitewash “black money” and cover for others. “White gloves” are often associated with areas including construction contracts, government procurement, and finance. The report also admits, the criminal tricks of “white gloves” are becoming increasingly secret and more professional and sophisticated.
The article quotes Mao Zhaohui, executive director of the China Surveillance Association, saying that the relationship between corrupt officials and “white gloves” is also between clients and trustees, and the power group inside the regime can be understood as clients hidden behind layers of firewalls.
On December 9, the CCP mouthpiece “People.com.cn” published a commentary titled “Fighting corruption with a radically revolutionary spirit.” The article emphasized, “Corruption is the biggest tumor that threatens the vitality and fighting power of the Party, the biggest threat to the Party’s long-term rule.” The article pointed out, “It is necessary to resolutely remove the cancerous tumor, clean up the source, and eliminate spreading poison, then we can curb the proliferation, clean up, and completely destroy the breeding ground of corruption.”
Professor Yuan Hongbing, a lawyer living in Australia pointed out that according to the CCP’s secret police statistics, there are still 15,000 officials in Jiang’s faction. There are 3,000 white gloves among these officials.
Powerful family behind the ‘white gloves‘
Wang He, an expert on China affairs in the United States and an observer of current affairs, said in an interview with The Epoch Times on December 14, “Any force, whether it is ‘Second generations of reds‘ or ‘the delegation,‘ in fact share the common fact that they all have white gloves.”
Wang said that in China, especially where some large enterprises can develop, there must be collusion between the government and businessmen. He argued that political power cannot last long without the support of economic power, and conversely, economic power cannot develop and expand without the support of political power. When political forces and economic forces come together, people’s ambitions will expand and they will challenge those in power, which is the focus of Xi’s attention. “Wang added, The fact that he attacked the ‘white gloves’ also shows that he is very vigilant.”
Li Yuanhua, a former associate professor at China’s Capital Normal University, believes that Xi insists on fighting corruption, especially using the fight against economic corruption as a means to centralize his power.
Li said, “The hidden ‘white gloves’ that Xi attacked were actually people from Jiang Zemin’s faction who made money for them. After Jiang’s death, Xi issued a signal that in essence, caused all factions, including Jiang’s faction, to submit to him. For those Xi considers unreliable or untrustworthy, he wants to eliminate them in the name of fighting corruption.”
The fate of the “white gloves”
After Xi came to power at the 18th CCP Congress, he came into fierce conflict with Jiang”s faction. Then, during the “anti-corruption” campaign that began in 2013, Xi sent many high-ranking officials of the Jiang faction to prison, and eliminated the ‘white gloves’ of some powerful forces, leading to a major reshuffle in CCP bureaucracy and China’s private capital market.
According to Vision Times, Xiao Jianhua was accused of being the common ‘white glove’ of powerful families in the CCP. xiao, a Canadian passport holder, was abducted from Hong Kong by CCP agents and brought back to the mainland in early 2017. After five years of secret detention, he was put on trial in secret in Shanghai on July 4, 2022. Over a month later, he was sentenced to 13 years in prison and fined $930,000; and the financial group Tomorrow Holdings, controlled by Xiao was fined $7.88 billion.
Xiao is a big predator in the financial industry. He has been in the financial world for many years. Tomorrow Holdings is rich and politically well-connected. Behind him are many powerful forces of the CCP, including Zeng Qinghong, Liu Yunshan, Jia Qinglin, and Chen Yun. Outsiders believe that in 2015, Xiao was deeply involved in the stock market crash caused by the Jiang faction, which directly threatened Xi and was purged by him.
Deng Xiaoping’s grandson-in-law and the former chairman of beleaguered insurance giant Anbang Group, Wu Xiaohui, was arrested by the CCP in June 2017. On May 10, 2018, he was sentenced to 18 years in prison, his assets worth $1.5 billion were.
After Wu, chairman of the An Bang Group, was arrested. Official CCP media published Xi’s remarks about the “money in exchange for power transactions,” “white gloves,” and be wary of the “power game,” which is seen as Xi sending a signal that he will clean up political and business relations.
Vision Times reported that the real reason Wu was purged was that he violated Xi’s taboo. In 2016, when Trump was elected president, Wu contacted Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner through Anbang Group, on the pretext of buying a building in New York City. At the time, mainstream media in the United States worried that the investment was an attempt by the CCP to interfere in American politics. Later, it was reported that this investment project had not been approved by Xi, which touched the CCP’s political red line and violated Xi’s taboo.