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Cai Xia becomes the face of dissent in China after she openly slams Xi Jinping


On a Monday Cai Xia, a prominent professor who taught at the Chinese Communist Party school, a higher education institution for top officials, was expelled from the party. Cai who was known to be an ardent supporter of communist regime and taught at the party school for 15 years until 2012, called the Chinese Communist Party a “political zombie.” It was Cai’s remarks regarding Chinese President Xi Jinping’s way of working and unlimited power, which got leaked online in June, that led to her expulsion from the party.

In her response to being thrown out of the party, she said, “I am happy to be expelled…At last I’ve regained my freedom.” Cai emerged as an uncommon voice of dissent in a regime where even the most high ranking officials dare not to speak against the party leader, Xi.

She accused the Chinese leader of “killing a country” and portraying it as the world’s enemy.

On Tuesday in her first-ever interview given to an English media organisation, Cai told the Guardian, “Under the regime of Xi, the Chinese Communist party is not a force for progress for China. In fact, it is an obstacle to China’s progress. I believe I am not the only one who wants to leave this party. More people would like to withdraw or quit this party,” she said. “I had intended to quit the party years ago when there was no more room to speak and my voice was completely blocked.”

She also blamed the Chinese premier for mishandling of the coronavirus outbreak in the country and for hiding the information at the initial stage. She said, “If he knew on 7 January, why did it take until 20 January to announce the outbreak? In other words, the fact that people were concealing the news from him is the result of the system,” said Cai. “But when he knew the situation on 7 January, he did not make it public or mobilise resources. So shouldn’t he bear responsibility?”

The Chinese professor, was first interviewed by the British daily in June after her  audio recording, containing remarks critical of Xi were first released. Cai initially being hesitant asked the interview to not be published due to the threats she and her family received, but later expressed her will to speak against the CCP. She said, “I have much more freedom now. My speech is free from any constraints. I am responsible only for my own conscience and principles.”

She said that she has lost all hopes of her country recovering under the dictatorial leadership of Xi Jinping. Cai said “When no one can oppose him, that means that his power is unlimited. He has made the world an enemy. At home, all these big issues are left to him to decide. In other words, whether it is a domestic or international issue, it is very difficult for others to restrict him. It is inevitable that his judgment and decisions will be mistaken.

“It is a vicious cycle. After a wrong decision is made, the result is not good. But those below are too afraid to tell him and wrong decisions continue to be made until the situation is out of control. In this vicious cycle, there is no way to stop the country from sliding towards disaster.”

She added that she wanted to leave party four years ago in 2016. She said on Tuesday, “Those within the party have experienced the last 20, 30 years and they understand which direction is right and which is a dead end,” she said. “We are among a group of cadres who started in our posts after reform and opening. So that is why I say everyone is very clear about what is happening.”

She said, “Many of my good friends who saw the news of me being expelled are cheering. They think this is a good thing.”

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