Shanghai’s top chief Mr. Chen Liangyu was purged
and placed under house arrest (双规) on Monday. He is accused
of playing a part in the city’s 3.2
billion yuan pension fund scandal, helping associated
private businesses to generate illegal profits and hindering
the corruption probes into his key allays.
Some years ago, one of his friends was given
a free hand to redevelop Shanghai’s old residential areas,
and later was imprisoned for serious crimes including bribery
and illegal trade practice.
It is exactly thirty years ago, in the fall
of 1976, when the Gang of Four in Beijing along with its
Shanghai representatives – the top boss Mr Ma Tianshui and
his two deputies Ms Wang Xiuzhen and Mr Xu Jinxian - were
arrested. And the Gang of Four is actually the Gang of Shanghai:
Madam Jiang Qing (then China’s first lady) used to be a Shanghai
film actress, Zhang Chunqiao and Yao Wenyuan had background
as Shanghai journalists, while Wang Hongwen was initially
a Shanghai factory worker.
In the recent decade, Shanghai leadership with
its links in Beijing are once again viewed as the Gang of
Shanghai and widely resented for being overbearing. It is
said that earlier when the Central Government tried to reign
in the over-heated property development in Shanghai, Chen
Liangyu resisted, and banged the table during a hot argument
with Prime Minister Wen Jiabao.
After the news of Chen’s fall announced, majority
of Shanghai residents are reported to be delighted, some
sounded firecrackers in front of Shanghai government buildings.
And applause are heard everywhere across the Chinese Internet
forums and blogs.
Top Ten Thugs
in Chinese Internet
In Chinese Internet world, thug software, along
with virus and hacking, are three "axis of evils".
The Chinese Net world is full of pop-ups, automatic downloads
that refuse to be uninstalled.
Eight Chinese cities led by capital Beijing
are now taking actions against thug software promoted by
some Chinese Internet giants. Website Wangyi Science compiled
a blacklist of top ten Internet thugs that use plugins to
push up their PR rank, which includes some web search sites
and social networking sites.
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