China’s Security Czar Said to Have Handed Over Power

By Zhang Mingjiang

On June 10, 2012 @ 4:08 pm

Zhou Yongkang. (Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images)

Zhou Yongkang. (Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images)

Chinese security chief Zhou Yongkang, who has not made a public appearance for around ten days, handed over his powers as head of the Political and Legislative Affairs Committee (PLAC) security apparatus in Beijing due to security reasons and other concerns, according to a source who spoke to The Epoch Times on condition of anonymity.

If the source is accurate, it means that Zhou is no longer the head of the PLAC in Beijing, and will no longer have power over the vast, powerful organ of the Chinese Communist Party that controls the courts, public security, and domestic surveillance.

On May 31, Chinese state-run media reported that Zhou gave a speech in Xinjiang province. He has since not made any public appearances. However, state media continued to run reports on his subordinates, PLAC vice-secretary Wang Lequan and minister of public security Meng Jianzhu.


In an earlier report from the Financial Times, Zhou was said to have handed over operational control of the entire PLAC to Meng Jianzhu. But Zhou is still officially head of the security apparatus on paper and retains his title of secretary.

The head of the Shandong province PLAC was replaced by an official named Cai Limin, according to state media reports on June 5.

There have also been reports of power being taken away from PLAC branches in Guangdong province, Shanghai, and the megacity of Chongqing, from which Bo Xilai, an ally of Zhou’s and the city’s former party secretary, was ousted in a dramatic fashion two months ago.

After blind Chinese human rights lawyer Chen Guangcheng successfully made his daring escape from house-arrest amid heavy security in a village in Shandong province, he exposed how local PLAC personnel enriched themselves through persecuting him.

Chen said local officials told him that over 60 million yuan ($9.5 million) was spent on monitoring him in 2011, not including money used to bribe officials in Beijing.

By overseeing Chen Guangcheng, two domestic security officers of the Shandong Public Security Bureau made “extra money” by taking a portion of the vast funds allocated for security. They were able to afford to send their children to study in the United States and Japan, according to a May 28 report by a U.S.-based, Chinese-language dissident website Boxun, quoting an official who worked for the Office for Maintaining Stability in Beijing.

Editor’s Note: When Chongqing’s former top cop, Wang Lijun, fled for his life to the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu on Feb. 6, he set in motion a political storm that has not subsided. The battle behind the scenes turns on what stance officials take toward the persecution of Falun Gong. The faction with bloody hands—the officials former CCP head Jiang Zemin promoted in order to carry out the persecution—is seeking to avoid accountability for their crimes and to continue the campaign. Other officials are refusing any longer to participate in the persecution. Events present a clear choice to the officials and citizens of China, as well as people around the world: either support or oppose the persecution of Falun Gong. History will record the choice each person makes.



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