The Beidaihe Conference is a secret conference supposed to consolidate the high-level personnel issue at the coming 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China. However, the infighting is particularly intense this time, many analysts say.

According to Vision Times, leading up to the Beidaihe Conference held in Qinhuangdao, Hebei Province, tools that can seriously injure such as knives, and scissors in people’s houses in related areas, were all controlled by authorities. Once discovered, they’ll be fixed by steel wire.

Armed police reportedly entered the area on high alert. Some analysts say the move indicates fierce fighting within the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) Central Committee.

The annual Beidaihe Conference of the CCP’s Central Committee has always been the focus of public attention. The Qinhuangdao Police Office in Beidaihe has also strengthened controls to ensure the safety of incumbent senior officials, retired leaders, and their families when they are in Beidaihe.

After earlier information about Tesla electric vehicles being banned from entering Beidaihe, authorities have introduced new regulations. According to Qinhuangdao News, recently Qinhuangdao Town has conducted a knife and scissors inspection in the related area. As a result, law enforcement officers fixed the tools, including kitchen knives in the restaurant.

A video posted by Twitter account @Jam799229 showed police checking kitchen knives in restaurants. Whenever they found them, they tied them up with wire. Local residents also said in the video that their knives were tied up with wire by the authorities and were used only within allowed limits. There is a netizen saying out loud: “this is the first time I have seen a kitchen knife tied up with wire.”

On the Douyin platform (TikTok version in China), a netizen commented that tightening kitchen knives and scissors reminded him of the Yuan dynasty: “The Yuan is afraid of Han to rebel, so they confiscated iron tools, making the households share a kitchen knife. Now it is a new China. Is a country with 1.4 billion people under the Chinese Communist Party’s leadership still like the Yuan feudal dynasty?”

In fact, this is not the first time something like this has happened in Qinhuangdao. Ahead of the 2018 Beidaihe Convention, the local Port Police Office announced that police have taken safety measures with tools that can be used as weapons such as knives, axes, and sickles in stores along the street in the relevant area.

A resident of Qinhuangdao revealed to Radio Free Asia (RFA) on June 27 that armed police were stationed on the outskirts of Beidaihe before the deadline to increase their vigilance. This person said, “Is the Beidaihe meeting related to ordinary people? People in Zhongnanhai go there every year, and the local police are cursed. The complainants are arrested. This year, a half a month ago, many people were also arrested. If they (the government) have treated the people well, they don’t need to fear like that.”

Continuous explosions: Is the CCP’s internal fighting responsible?

In this regard, the Chinese public thinks this year’s Beidaihe conference is very unusual. It will be held before the CCP’s 20th National Congress to conduct informal negotiation on the 7th Central plenary session and select candidates for new term leadership. But the process will also experience a fierce internal power struggle.

Chinese-American media expert Tang Hao and founder of the “World Crossroad” media channel pointed out that, on June 15, a day after Chinese leader Xi Jinping signed the “Non-War Military Action Outline,” an unexpected explosion occurred in a chemical industrial zone in Lanzhou city, Gansu province. Eight people were injured, and six people were missing. A few days later, on June 24, five consecutive explosions occurred in China.

Specialist Tang Hao said that “Do you notice that some incidents have occurred in Hebei, Shandong, Tianjin and Shanxi, what are the characteristics of those areas? Those are the neighborhoods close to Beijing. How about other explosions in Jiangsu, Zhejiang, and Shanghai? What are the characteristics of those areas? All of them are around Shanghai.”

“Beijing is the capital and the sphere of influence of Xi Jinping; Shanghai is the ‘demon city’ and the base of former leader Jiang Zemin and Zeng Qinghong. Are the serious explosions around the two major cities coincidental?”

Specialist Tang Hao also warned from now until the Beidaihe Conference in early July and the 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party in October that there will be more and more public security incidents and social conflicts in China, which will revolve around Beijing and Shanghai’s neighborhoods. 

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