Red Princelings over China

The Washington Times Weekly - - Geopolitics -

One hall­mark of Hu Jin­tao’s 10year reign as China’s most se­nior leader is his role in the rise of sons and daugh­ters of first gen­er­a­tion com­mu­nist lead­ers, known as “princelings.”

These princelings are nor­mally the most hawk­ish on war and peace, with a par­tic­u­lar pen­chant for bash­ing the United States as China’s pri­mary en­emy state.

Prom­i­nent among them is PLA Maj. Gen. Luo Yuan whose fa­ther Luo Qingchang was the Mao-era chief of the Party’s Ex­ter­nal Li­ai­son Depart­ment, an over­ar­ch­ing in­ter­na­tional in­tel­li­gence and com­mu­nist sub­terfuge or­ga­ni­za­tion. On June 13, co­in­cid­ing with West­ern me­dia re­ports of China’s up­com­ing naval ex­er­cise in the west­ern Pa­cific, Gen. Luo at­tacked the United States and its ally Ja­pan in an ar­ti­cle in the state-run Peo­ple’s Daily news­pa­per sub­sidiary Global Times for what he said were sin­is­ter at­tempts to con­tain China’s rise and to turn a ro­bust “Chinese dragon” into a wimpy “Chinese worm.”

Sim­i­larly, in an­other re­cent re­port, Gen. Liu Yuan, son of the late Com­mu­nist Party of China lu­mi­nary Liu Shaoqi and cur­rently the se­nior po­lit­i­cal com­mis­sar for the PLA’s Gen­eral Lo­gis­tics Depart­ment, penned some of the most mil­i­taris­tic calls to arms rem­i­nis­cent of the fas­cist rhetoric of the 1930s.

“His­tory is writ­ten by blood and slaugh­ter,” Gen. Liu wrote in ac­cus­ing some civil­ian party lead­ers for lack­ing suf­fi­cient mil­i­tarism. “The Party has been re­peat­edly be­trayed by gen­eral sec­re­taries, both in and out­side of the coun­try, re­cently and in the past,” he stated bluntly, adding “No-sur­ren­der Commu- nist Party mem­bers, let’s start again!”

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