The Secretary of Shanghai, Han Zheng, expressed his allegiance to Xi Jinping in his recent article. Shanghai is known as the base of former leader Jiang Zemin. When Jiang’s army support, Xu Caihou, was sacked, numerous state media and the military leaders expressed their allegiance to Xi Jinping but Han Zheng was still wondering about the situation between Jiang and Xi. His recent shift suggests the regime has reached a consensus about how to deal with Jiang Zeming.
July 25, Shanghai Party Secretary Han Zheng published an article entitled, "Quiet Study" in the Liberation Daily.
Han described the proposal Xi Jinping brought up in a visit to Shanghai this May: "Strengthen the sense of urgency and consciousness to learning…. with some more time to study quietly ......"
Han Zheng also released the first list of liberation books. The first book was written by Xi Jinping during his post in Zhejiang. This book collected 232 short essays of Xi Jinping published in Zhejiang Daily as the Zhejiang Provincial Party Secretary.
Beijing politics watcher Hua Po, "Xi Jinping is increasingly consolidating his power. Han Zheng’s allegiance to Xi is only natural. It shows that he will strongly cooperate should Xi clean up the Shanghai faction."
Current affairs commentator Xia Xiaoqiang, "support for Xi from someone with a strong tie with Jiang Zemin could indicate Jiang Zemin's downfall has become a fact that the top officials have become aware of."
Earlier, Han Zheng was wondering about Xi Jinping and Jiang Zemin. On May 14, former Politburo Standing Committee Zeng Qinghong, Jiang faction’s power player, visited Shanghai’s Han Tianheng Art Museum, accompanied by Han Zheng and Jiang Zemin's son, Jiang Mianheng.
On June 30, Jiang Zemin’s military favorite, Xu Caihou, was sacked. Xi Jinping’s former staff, Ying Yong, was then promoted to Deputy Secretary of Shanghai.
The New Epoch Weekly magazine reported that Jiang Zemin was shocked by the downfall of Xu Caihou.
Jiang Zemin immediately took the train to Beijing on July 2 but did not get to meet Xi Jinping.
On July 8, the Shanghai Municipal Committee decided to convene the six plenary session of Shanghai on July 16 and 17. They were studying Xi Jinping’s talk during his May visit in Shanghai.
In closing, Han Zheng mentioned Xi Jinping four times, and referenced learning from veteran leadership and comrades. Han mentioned, Shanghai is in a critical period of reform and development. The direction must be controlled by advanced thinking.
On July 14, over 100 flights between Shanghai and Beijing were either delayed or cancelled due to air traffic control. Shanghai security was also upgraded.
Hua Po, " Xi is tackling Shanghai gangs, especially Jiang's stronghold, the military. It is very dangerous trying to coordinate effectively in the military and the police force. The military exercises will ensure the discipline and control of military personnel during the mobilization."
Jiang Zemin's areas, Shanghai and Jiangsu, are among the 10 provinces and municipalities in the second round of the central inspection team. On July 16, Central Commission for Discipline Inspection Secretary Wang Qishan issued a stern warning. The inspection team will investigate wherever the problems are, whoever has the problems, and scrape it clean.
In the first round of inspections this year, the inspection team had a special tour to Shanghai’s Fudan University. Fudan was labeled as ‘large and complicated, hard to supervise and easy to corrupt.’ The WOIPFG (World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong) revealed that Fudan’s affiliation, Zhongshan Hospital, is alleged to be conducting organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners. This will be an issue for Jiang Zemin.
Since the downfall of Xu Caihou, the military expressed their condemnation of Xu Caihou's offense. They were followed by the princelings’ families. Dai Qing, the late veteran cadre Ye Jianying’s daughter, told Voice of America that for Xu Caihou and others in the military, Jiang Zemin is the culprit of their abusive acts and corrupt deeds.