The 20th National Congress of China is approaching. The Cyber Security Bureau of the Ministry of Public Security, on June 27, announced the launch of a six-month-long special campaign to “strike and rectify the cyber navy” nationwide.
On June 24, Wang Xiaohong, near 65 years old, was appointed Minister of Public Security by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress. Five other central government departments also welcomed new ministers.
Making this decision before the 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party indicates that Xi is trying to tighten his grip on power over the political and legal system.
Bloomberg also cited Trivium China analysts on June 28, claiming that “Making his ally police chief is a strong indicator that Xi remains firmly in charge, despite rumors of discontent.”
The overseas Chinese media outlet Da Yi Yuan reported that, in recent years, the Chinese authorities have continuously restricted the freedom of online speech. On sensitive days, they deploy the so-called “cleaning the net” and other actions to censor criticism and different voices against the government. Many social media groups discussing current affairs and rights activists are blocked.
On June 25, the second day after Wang Xiaohong took office, the Ministry of Public Security announced the launch of the “Hundred Days of Action to Crack Down and Rectify Public Security in Summer.”
From the six-month crackdown on the “Internet Navy” to the “Hundred Days of Summer Rectification Operation,” they all aim to ensure Xi’s third term will be successful.