Xinhua News Agency, the mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), claimed that the Kunming massacre on March 1 was orchestrated by separatist forces from Xinjiang.
However, the incident occurred just before the National People’s Congress and right before the “Two Meetings”, where the intense struggle between leader Xi Jinping and the Jiang Zemin factions is like a simmering volcano.
The motives behind the terrorist attack on civilians have triggered speculation from the community and analytical citizens in online discussions.
The massacre, where a group of 8-10 knife-wielding attackers stabbed everybody in their path, killing 29 and injuring upwards of 143 people, occurred on the evening of March 1. On that same day, China’s FortuneNet revealed that Zhou Yongkang’s son, Zhou Bin, along with many of his other relatives, was arrested. Zhou Yongkang is the former head of security—an incredibly powerful position—and is being targeted by Xi for corruption and weeding out. This major news quickly circulated in China.
Hong Kong’s Trend magazine revealed that Zeng Qinghong and his wife’s applications to Australia to visit their billionaire son during the Chinese New Year were denied. Zeng was a high-ranking official and vice president for Jiang Zemin, and is a billionaire. Their visa denial is further proof that the Jiang faction is being targeted by current leader Xi, a fight that will be bitter.
The Two Meetings and National People’s Congress will begin on March 3 and 5 respectively. The coincidence in timing shows this violent incident is a complicated matter.
Netizens are speculating that the Kunming massacre may have been orchestrated by the Jiang faction. When such a high level struggle reaches its last stage, some people will use all means to create disturbances and distractions in all directions. These may take the form of a sudden RMB or stock market crash, or a serious security case, an industrial incident, a sudden change of attitude toward Japan, sudden turmoil in Hong Kong, or a certain Chinese groups protesting against insults and discrimination by the U.S.
A netizen from Chongqing said: “Xinhua News Agency reported the incident was separatist forces in Xinjiang, but why did they choose Kunming City? Kunming is so far from the northwest provinces. Perhaps these meetings may have touched upon domestic vested interests, so teaming up with other social groups is also a possibility.”