Red Princelings over China
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!”