On Wednesday, Caixin published a blog post containing excerpts from three Wikileaked diplomatic cables from 2007. The cables described Hu Jintao’s secret visits to political gatherings at the resort town of Beidaihe, the president’s perceived weakness, rumours of corruption in Wen Jiabao’s family, plans to shrink the Politburo Standing Committee, and impatience with Jiang Zemin’s lingering interference.
The site was subsequently ordered to remove the post, or be blocked:
财新技术部门人告诉我们英文组，公安部要求咱们10分钟内删除维基解密博客稿，要不然就会封整个网站的IP // PSB told us 2 remove Wikileaks post in 10 min otherwise Caixin site would be blocked.
— Lea Yu 余思伟 (@leayu) January 19, 2012
The original URL now returns an “Illegal Operation” error message. A copy of the post is available here (PDF), however, and is partially reproduced below.
… [When] President Hu Jintao decided to cancel the annual summer Party gatherings at Beidaihe in 2003, state media trumpeted the decision as a sign that Hu was leading China is a more practical and frugal direction. But many analysts also smelled another connotation: Hu was trying to signal a break from the older generation of party cadres led by his predecessor Jiang Zemin.
But the ban wasn’t a complete ban, most clearly evidenced by the fact that in the weeks after the controversial July 23 Wenzhou train crash happened last year, many Politburo Standing Committee leaders were noticeably absent from their offices. In fact, they were at Beidaihe, deliberating China’s leadership transition in 2012 after the 18th Party Congress.
In the process of trying to understand how frequently President Hu has visited Beidaihe, in spite of his rejection of the site, we came across a cache of U.S. embassy dispatches from the Wikileaks database concerning China’s 2007 Beidaihe discussions.
With the 2012 leadership transition on the horizon, the cables also hint at the possible debates, conflicts and power struggles
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