On May 11, the Chinese Communist Party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) website released a notice that Su Yonghong, deputy general manager of Guizhou Water Resources Investment (Group) Co. In the briefing, it was mentioned that Su Yonghong “lacked political beliefs” and was keen on reading foreign books and magazines “with serious political problems”, a detail that raised concerns.
The report said that Su Yonghong lack of political beliefs, keen to read foreign books and magazines with serious political problems, to engage in feudal superstitious activities. The report also said that Su Yonghong run officials, interference, meddling in engineering projects, illegally accepting large amounts of money from others, suspected of accepting bribes, irregularities in promoting the construction of engineering projects, resulting in particularly significant losses to state interests, suspected of abuse of power by state-owned companies.
In recent years, in the notification of some fallen officials, it is not difficult to see “avidly read overseas books and magazines with serious political problems”, “purchase reactionary books and magazines outside the country”, “purchase and private storage of reactionary magazines The words “avidly reads books and magazines from abroad with serious political problems”, “buys reactionary books and magazines from abroad”, “buys and stores reactionary magazines”, etc.
On October 29, 2020, Chen Zehun, former member of the Standing Committee of the Hunan Provincial Party Committee and former executive vice mayor of the municipal government of Changsha, was expelled from the Party. Chen Zehun was accused of “privately purchasing and bringing in books and magazines with serious political issues from abroad and reading them for a long time and storing them privately”.
On September 17, 2019, Niu Xiangdong, a former inspector of the Gansu Provincial Department of Industry and Information Technology, was expelled from the party and public office. The report said he had “lost his political stance, right and wrong, keen to read books and magazines with serious political problems”.
In February 2019, Xie Jin, the leader of the district committee of Tianxin District in Changsha City, was “doubly fired” for violating political discipline. In the notification, the headline charge was “buying reactionary books and magazines outside of China.
In July 2019, Wang Baoping, former secretary of the disciplinary committee of the Hubei Provincial Prison Administration, was doubly fired. The official website of the Hubei Provincial Commission for Discipline Inspection said in the briefing that Wang Baoping, who has long served in the Hubei prison system, “violated political discipline by buying and reading books that distort and attack the party’s 18th organizational line and cadre policy.”
On August 9, 2018, Wu Dehua, a former member of the Standing Committee of the Chongqing Yubei District Committee, was expelled from the party and dismissed from public office for serious violations of discipline and law. Wu was accused of “seriously violating political discipline and political rules, losing his political stance, centrifuging from the Party Central Committee, buying and privately storing reactionary magazines, spreading political rumors, joining illegal organizations, and attempting to create his own distorted doctrines.” ……
Since there are many cases of reading foreign books and magazines with “political problems” in the circulars of the Chinese Communist Party authorities in recent years, it is impossible to list them all, but all of them have a similar feature, that is, the names of the “reactionary books and magazines” they read are not listed officially and the public has no way to know. There is no way for the public to know. However, it is almost a guess that in the CCP’s discourse, any publication or book that publishes text critical of the CCP, the CCP system, or Xi Jinping is considered a “reactionary book.
Why do CCP officials take the risk of buying books and magazines from outside the country? Some analysts say that even Party cadres do not believe in the Hong Kong media or the official media, so they try to buy books from outside the country either out of curiosity or because they want to learn more about the real situation. There were not many CCP cadres who did this in the past, but the CCP is getting more and more worried about its position, and the control is getting stricter and stricter, even the CCP members no longer believe in the Communist Party, and the common people are even less convinced.
In addition to the fact that CCP officials do not believe in the books and magazines published in mainland China and the reports of the official media, many of them even try to publish their books overseas. The company’s former secretary, Li Rui, who died in 2019, also donated millions of words from his diaries, notes and letters to the Hoover Institution in the United States, so that he could keep a true testimony to the history of the Chinese Communist Party.
Former Beijing Party Secretary Chen Xitong’s “Chen Xitong’s Personal Account”, former CCP Propaganda Minister Deng Liqun’s memoirs and former CCP General Secretary Zhao Ziyang’s “Reform History” were all published in Hong Kong. The nearly 300,000-word diary and book manuscript of former CCP Premier Li Peng, titled Critical Moments: Li Peng’s Diary, was refused publication by CCP leaders, and only in 2010 was Li Peng’s Diary published in the United States and Macau.