In mid-April, Guo Wengui, a property tycoon currently living in New York who has suspected ties to Chinaâs intelligence apparatus, began to release allegations of corruption and division among the top levels of the Communist Party leadership.
Beijing responded by marshaling counteraccusations of corruption against Guo, obtaining an Interpol âred noticeâ for his arrest, and threatening âserious consequencesâ for failure to control online content related to the âhighly sensitive political event.â
For now, Guo is holding back promised evidence in order to âlet the bullets fly for a while.â In the absence of such proof, English-language coverage has been relatively sparse in recent weeks. The New York Timesâ Michael Forsythe alluded to the currently limited verifiability of Guoâs claims on Twitter in April, commenting that âThereâs so much more to this story. [â¦] So much left unsaid, untweeted.â But the affair has not gone away: Guo has kept up a steady stream of updates on Western-based social media, and adoption of his favored catchphrases on platforms within China shows that these have found their way through the Great Firewall. A recent brief report from the Hong Kong-based, Apple Daily-affiliated Next Digital sums up Guoâs recent accusations involving ânaked officialsâ and hidden fractures in the supposed unity of the Party leadership. Translated by Josh Rudolph:
Â Guo Wengui says he will hold a global news conference at which heâll announce details of certain high-level CCP stashing mistresses and love children in Australia, proven by DNA heâs collected. Even though heâs wanted as a criminal, Guoâs words continue to make shockwaves.
Â In a personally released video, Guo revealed that âamong the samples we gathered, one was from a Politburo memberâs Australia-based love child. While gathering [the love childâs] DNA a problem arose. It made everyone crazy, but finally we resolved it. The power of that force [the CCP] is really too much. Also, the DNA can be used as evidence: I hope that my global news conference can show that this is legally valid evidence.â
Â Guo Wengui also pointed to many high officials stashing mistresses and fathering love children abroad. In the short clip, he revealed: âIn Australia there are some 600 mistresses and illegitimate children that have settled there long-term. A lot of them arenât in the U.S. Letâs be clear, there are a few exceptions in Japan and New Zealand, but the vast majority are in Australia. Thatâs our battlefield. I spent tens of millions there just last year on the investigation!â
Â From the U.S., Guo Wengui previously made explosive allegations of a high-level CCP power struggle: that President Xi Jinping doesnât trust Central Commission for Discipline Inspection secretary Wang Qishan, and secretly sent the Vice Minister of Public Security Fu Zhenghua to investigate Wang Qishan and his familyâs overseas assets. There are some who want to avoid Guo Wenguiâs continuing allegations, as they could influence the 19th Party Congress. Xi Jinping and Wang Qishan along with Political and Legal Committee secretary Meng Jianzhu have formed a united front, a unified official line to not mention Guo Wengui, and to severely punish Guo Wenguiâs domestic protective umbrella.
Â Aside from the former Ministry of State Security vice-director, Guo Wenguiâs protectors also include Hebei Provincial Party Committee Political and Legal secretary Zhang Yue, as well as Henan Provincial Party Committeeâs Wang Youjie.
Â Guo may never return to the mainland, but his life in the U.S. is very comfortable. Along with his daily fitness regimen, he drinks expensive spirits, smokes high-grade Cuban cigars, and recently went to a gallery to buy art that he plans to put in his grand mansion in Hong Kongâs South Bay. On Twitter he said: âI just bought dozens of modern metal plate oil paintings. Theyâre amazing, I bought them all. Being wealthy feels great!â [â¦] [Chinese]
Anne Henochowicz has translated more of Guoâs comments in the May 6 video from which Apple Daily quoted:
Â Dear Twitter followers and online friends, hello. This is Wenguiâs May 6 âallâs-wellâ video report. Once again I didnât sleep well last night, because our Australian team went to gather [samples]. Among the samples we gathered, one was from a Politburo memberâs Australia-based love child. While gathering [the love childâs] DNA a problem arose. It made everyone crazy, but finally we resolved it. The power of that force [the CCP] is really too much.
Â [â¦] Our team in Australia has already worked on this for about a year. Weâve got around several dozen peopleâs DNA. And theyâre undergoing a valid, legally valid medical inspection. And we have obtained records of their addresses, the movement of their wealth, and their social connections. And the litigant is carrying on this inquiry, talking to them. Itâs spoken evidence, evidence from correspondence, along with medical evidence, which will be valid legal evidence in the U.S.
Â Not to mention this bank statement. Now, whatever theyâre going to say about this will be useless. Recently Iâve seen, youâve seen this rebuttal that what we have is âuseless.â Itâs incredibly stupid. Because these so-called rebuttals, going forward, when this goes public, they will simply be proof that they have conned the country and the common people. This is what matters.
Â So Iâve been saying all along, let the bullets fly for a while, because thatâs the only way to make the enemy show his fear, to make the thieves stealing the nation show their fear, to make them show their privilege and their arrogance. Their expressions and their actions will become our evidence. And they will become the most important part of the facts. If they donât do or say anything, you canât really do anything, right? Now, we need to take this evidence, and these facts, to prove that theyâre thieves who are stealing the nation.
Â Now, a lot of people are deceiving themselves right now. I get them all too well. I was with them all those years. If they grabbed this guy tomorrow, theyâd be kneeling all teary-eyed in front of some of the leadership. Theyâd swear they were telling the truth. Just like that, yep, just like that. But after he was detained, it would become fact. Yep, this is how all the corrupt traitors are. Because all they say are lies. Itâs their specialty. Their profession is to lie. If our officials couldnât lie, they wouldnât become judges, or bureau chiefs, at the national level, they wouldnât even make it to the section level.
Â Itâs simple. What is communism? It is utopianism. And what is utopianism? Utopianism is the doctrine of lies! Itâs the doctrine of cheats. Of course they have to lie. This is how I would talk to standing committee members and Politburo leadership. Iâd ask, âDonât you get tired of lying all the time?â And they said, âWeâre also actors. Itâs our job. And our lies have been standardized. As long as you stick to the script, youâll be fine.â
Â So thereâs nothing you can do. It was right to ask them back then, and itâs really pathetic.
Â [â¦] Yesterday in Australia, this one guy even came and offered money. He said, âWe can give you a million dollars right now. You just give this stuff to us, and then you sign something, and that guarantees that you donât have [additional copies], and that you will never bring forth any testimony.â
Â Think about it. Our leaders send this pig of a lackey to deal with you. Everything you said was videotaped and recorded. On the other hand, they pull out a million dollars. I spent money on my team, you know. What makes you think I donât have other means? Not only have you left this evidence, youâve also confirmed that your illegitimate children and your mistress are all in Australia.
Â In Australia there are some 600 mistresses and illegitimate children that have settled there long-term. A lot of them arenât in the U.S. Letâs be clear, there are a few exceptions in Japan and New Zealand, but the vast majority are in Australia. Thatâs our battlefield. I spent tens of millions there just last year on the investigation! Now itâs basically done, because according to American law, and the requirements for proof, weâve supplied some supplementary evidence. Do they think they can wipe all that out? [Chinese]
Beijingâs position in response, meanwhile, is illustrated by an unsigned April 30 commentary on the Hong Kong-based Oriental Daily Newsâ Dongwang news portal. The organization has a record of publishing pieces that signal Beijingâs stances. Translated by Samuel Wade:
Â Every day brings new revelations from former subordinates in the corruption scandal surrounding mainland businessman and overseas fugitive Guo Wengui, who is the subject of an Interpol Red Notice calling for his capture. High level officials in Beijing have reportedly confirmed that Guo Wengui has been engaged in inflammatory activities to âsave my life, save my money, and gain revengeâ ahead of the Communist Partyâs 19th Congress. The political context is complex. The main instigator is Guoâs protectors within China, who aim not only to influence the power struggle at the 19th Congress, but even more to escape the anti-corruption drive. CCP General Secretary Xi Jinping, Central Commission for Discipline Inspection secretary Wang Qishan, and Central Political and Legal Committee secretary Meng Jianzhu already have this plot completely under control, and have unanimously agreed that Guoâs domestic backers must be severely and uncompromisingly punished.
Â Reports indicate that the current central government has comprehensively intensified the deep investigation into Guo Wenguiâs domestic criminal activities, both political and economic. Former vice minister for State Security Ma Jian, as well as former Hebei provincial Party standing committee member and Political and Legal Committee secretary Zhang Yue, among others, have already revealed much of the situation to central authorities. Guoâs confidant and former founder and executive director of Zhengquan, Qu Long, currently under escort from prison in Hebeiâs Zhangjiakou to Beijing, is cooperating to advance the investigation.
Â Qu Long had already fallen out with Guo Wengui because of unbearable pressure from Guo. After he reported Guoâs crimes to the authorities, Ma Jian and Zhang Yue intervened on Guoâs behalf, ordering the Chengde Public Security Department to arrest Qu for illegal possession of firearms. Qu was later sentenced to 15 years in prison for using his job to misappropriate funds. Throughout this, he was imprisoned in Hebei.
Â Central authorities have already identified all of Guo Wenguiâs domestic protectors, and established what benefits Guo gave them in return. Around ten people have confessed to central authorities that they received benefits from Guo Wengui, and drawn a firm line between themselves and him. Wang Qishan indicated at a recent internal meeting that central authorities are united on the Guo Wengui issue: tigers and flies who received benefits from him will be severely punished according to the law.
Â Beijing-based political observers reckon that this Guo Wengui affair is a meticulously orchestrated political strategy by his protectors within China. Central authorities are not at all worried about his disclosures from outside China, but are focused on the investigation into these domestic protectors. This suggests that their next step will be to adopt strong tactics to broaden comprehensive opposition to Guo, and may take a range of measure to restrict his activities. [Chinese]