Xi Jinping's Anti-Corruption Report
president, Liu Shaoqi, to vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission, though in December of 2015, it was reported that Liu had stepped down from his position (Li and Chan).
Recently, however, Xi has taken down a huge tiger, Zhou Yongkang, who became “...the highest ranking former official to be placed on trial for corruption in decades when he was sentenced to life in prison at a secret trial” (Connor). The investigation into Zhou, one of the nine most powerful men in the country, began when Bo Xilai’s wife was convicted for the murder of Neil Heywood, which lead to an inquiry into Bo’s career and, eventually, the oil sector. This, in turn, implicated Zhou, who, though not in search of power himself, had been in support of Bo being Hu Jintao 's successor instead of Xi. This, again, brings to mind the idea of factionalism: if Bo posed a political rivalry to Xi, then it would be beneficial to ensure that Bo was out of the running, no longer able to challenge Xi. It is therefore awfully convenient that Bo’s wife was found to be connected to the death of Heywood, thus leading to the investigation of Bo and subsequent corruption charges, and even more suspicious that Xi proceeded to remove various other government officials, all of whom had worked for Zhou at some point. While this could be considering bagging the tiger and then the flies surrounding it, it might also be viewed as a way of eliminating all potential threats to Xi’s power.
This attack culminated in Xi having…