On June 7, Wang Yongzhen, the Chinese language Communist Social gathering’s (CCP) secretary of the College of Mathematical Sciences at Fudan College in Shanghai, was stabbed to death at work by Jiang Wenhua, one in every of Wang’s colleagues in the identical division.
Nevertheless, the assertion concerning the homicide case issued by the native police and circulated on-line was evasive. It didn’t disclose Wang’s college submit as a Social gathering secretary, and even the title of the college concerned—Fudan College.
So why have these two names—“Fudan College” and “Social gathering secretary”—all of a sudden change into taboo to the CCP when speaking about this vicious homicide case?
One obvious reply—it coincided with two essential time limits.
First, in an effort to develop its affect in Hungary and the European Union, the CCP simply signed a strategic deal in April, between Fudan College and the Hungarian authorities to construct a campus in Budapest by 2024. As soon as the campus is accomplished, will probably be the primary Chinese language college campus to be established by the CCP in one of many 27 member states of the EU.
The Hungarian authorities agreed to make use of a mortgage from the CCP, based mostly on the funding mode of the Belt & Highway Initiative (BRI, also referred to as One Belt, One Highway), to pay for the development of the $1.9 billion campus, however the resolution met with sturdy opposition from Hungarian dignitaries and the general public.
It’s value mentioning that on the finish of 2019, Fudan College revised its personal college rules, the place “freedom of thought” was faraway from the preamble whereas “tutorial independence” was positioned after the brand new time period “patriotic dedication.” As well as, the CCP’s socialist ideological content material was considerably added.
On June 5, 1000’s of demonstrators took to the streets in Budapest to protest in opposition to the deliberate Fudan College campus, accusing the federal government of cozying as much as Beijing. Opponents of Prime Minister Viktor Orban concern that the deliberate Chinese language campus will undercut the standard of upper schooling and assist promote Beijing’s affect in Hungary and the EU.
Instantly afterward, on June 7, a malicious homicide case involving a Social gathering secretary happened at Fudan College. Naturally, the CCP fears that if it turns into identified to the surface world, the “rules” and “philosophy” of the college, which is run by the CCP itself, can be extra strongly opposed by the Hungarian public, making its try to penetrate the EU by way of the college much more difficult.
Secondly, the CCP has been busy getting ready for its centennial Social gathering celebration in current months amidst boiling public discontent.
Whereas the celebration day (July 1) is approaching, vicious incidents have gotten extra frequent throughout mainland China. Listed here are just some circumstances that happened during the last couple of weeks, based on Chinese language information retailers.
On Might 22, a younger man of Liaoning Province drove his automobile into pedestrians at an intersection close to a park, killing 4 individuals and injuring three others.
On Might 24, one other man of Liaoning Province set off a bomb in entrance of a authorities compound, leaving one lifeless and 5 injured.
On Might 25, a 66-year-old man of Henan Province beat college students with a stick, injuring 14.
On Might 29, a 41-year-old man of Jiangsu Province randomly injured seven individuals with a knife then drove off and ran over his ex-wife.
On June 3, a 42-year-old male of Guangxi, a area in southern China, wielded a knife and severely wounded two individuals in a residential group.
On June 5, a 25-year-old male of Anhui Province randomly killed six individuals and injured 14 others with a knife.
On June 7, one other homicide case popped up on the campus of Fudan College in Shanghai. No matter who it’s, the lack of a life in such a violent approach is really unhappy. However as a result of this homicide was focused at a Social gathering secretary, social media posts had been overwhelmingly supportive of and sympathetic towards Jiang—the killer. One netizen mentioned, “Taking down a Social gathering secretary—what a pleasant job!” One other web consumer wrote, “Justice is completed!” based on Chinese language information portal China Gate. No matter whether or not these feedback are proper or not, the flood of public responses is what the CCP is most frightened of, because it is aware of it has already misplaced all credibility with the individuals on account of its tyranny. If the plenty of lengthy depressed residents had been to comply with swimsuit and start killing Social gathering secretaries, it might change into the CCP’s worst nightmare.
Plainly the homicide of a Social gathering secretary of Fudan College not solely makes the probabilities of the CCP constructing a Chinese language campus in Hungary even slimmer but additionally casts a thick layer of gloom on the “centennial Social gathering celebration” that the CCP has been intentionally concocting. The CCP is deeply involved.
Li Zhengkuan has been a contributor to The Epoch Occasions since 2020.
Views expressed on this article are the opinions of the writer and don’t essentially mirror the views of The Epoch Occasions.