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Denying the truth does not change the facts: Cai Xia (part 2)

Updated: Dec 9, 2020

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Denying the truth does not change the facts: Cai Xia (part 1)

‘There was no going back’: former CCP insider describes her break from Xi and Beijing

Apple Daily 8 December 2020 (fromat added)

She was nicknamed “Old Mrs. Marx,” a professor who taught top leaders in the Chinese Communist Party at a prestigious academy. She was also a loyal party member whose ancestors fought against the Japanese during the war.

But Cai Xia’s disagreement with the party under the leadership of President Xi Jinping has not only led to her expulsion from the party she devoted her life to. It has also put her in a dangerous, vulnerable position should she ever return to China.

“There was no going back,” Cai, the retired professor at the Central Party School of the Chinese Communist Party from 1998 to 2012, wrote in an essay published recently in Foreign Affairs magazine – her first lengthy explanation of her actions.

This outcome was not what Cai expected. “A fervent Marxist,” as she calls herself, and a dedicated party member, she was full of hope for China when Xi came to power in 2012, she wrote.

Cai initially believed that Xi was the man who would lead much-needed reforms.

But it turned out that Xi was not that reformer, after all.

“Over the course of his tenure, the regime has degenerated further into a political oligarchy bent on holding on to power through brutality and ruthlessness,” Cai wrote. She described the regime under Xi’s tight grip as “repressive and dictatorial,” leaving no room for political debate or civil society.

“People who haven’t lived in mainland China for the past eight years can hardly understand how brutal the regime has become,” she wrote. “After speaking out against the system, I learned it was no longer safe for me to live in China.”

In her essay she described her upbringing and chronicled the rise of former leaders Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao, which generated her optimism for Xi.

But subsequent events led to great disappointments. First was her defense of the vocal tycoon Ren Zhiqiang, who was labeled “anti-party” and sentenced to 18 years in jail merely for criticizing Xi.

Xi’s abolition of the presidential term limits was not acceptable to her, Cai said. “I would have to live indefinitely under neo-Stalinist rule,” she wrote.

But it was her call for Xi to step down and her denunciation of the imposition of the national security law on Hong Kong – remarks made in private but leaked to the public – that led to her expulsion from the party.

“I knew I was in trouble,” wrote Cai, who is currently in the United States. “The school stripped me of my retirement benefits. My bank account was frozen.

I asked the authorities at the Central Party School for a guarantee of my personal safety if I returned. Officials there avoided answering the question and instead made vague threats against my daughter in China and her young son.

It was at this point I accepted the truth.

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