Target: Chinese President Xi Jiping
Goal: Applaud Chinese government for investigating ex-security chief for corruption charges
The Chinese government decided to pursue an investigation against Zhou Yongkang, the country’s former domestic security chief and a leading Communist Party member. Although the details of the investigation have not been released, Mr. Zhou will be faced with corruption charges.
According to an NPR article, during Mr. Zhou’s reign as security chief, he controlled the police, the courts and intelligence agencies, making him “untouchable.” In addition, Mr. Zhou also sat on the Politburo Standing Committee, China’s most powerful government body. Therefore, President Xi Jiping’s decision to confront Mr. Zhou is a break from traditional Chinese politics that usually leaves current and former senior officials protected from investigations. In fact, the last senior members to face similar investigations were the Gang of Four in 1980-81 due to their involvement in the Cultural Revolution, which was responsible for the deaths of many students and opposition forces.
An expert from the University of Sydney in Austrialia, Kerry Brown, indicated that this investigation is “the first step” and “unprecedented.” Mr. Zhou might be the most senior official to face charges, but President Xi has investigated 25,000 other officials in the first half of 2014, including cabinet members. It is unclear if former Chinese senior officials will support President Xi’s campaign against corruption, but he has received a significant amount of support from the Chinese people.
By signing the petition below, thank President Xi Jiping for not allowing Chinese government officials to live above the law through his fight against corruption.
Dear President Xi Jiping,
Due to your work, former security chief Zhou Yongkang faces corruption charges. Understandably, this investigation is a break from tradition as most current and former Chinese government officials usually remain “untouchable” from the law.
Although the details of Mr. Zhou’s investigation have not been disclosed, confronting him sets a precedent in Chinese politics. In addition, Mr. Zhou is only one of the other 25,000 officials you have investigated, illustrating that the fight against corruption is an important aspect of your administration. Even though you might not receive support from former senior officials for your policies, your actions have been recognized and welcomed by the Chinese public.
Therefore, I would like to applaud you for marking your presidency with an honorable campaign against corruption and ensuring that everyone is equal with respect to the law.
[Your Name Here]
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