We know that Wen already proposed political reform a number of times and “stability” is obviously something that does not fit within the idea of political reform.
With the official media emphasizing how important stability is, it is plain to see how conservative factions within the CCP won a round and the rumors about massacre victim restitution actually provided an excuse for this type of comeback.
I believe the recent rumors about restitution for the victims of the massacre could very well be talk aimed overseas by conservative factions within the CCP and those who are against Wen. Their goal is simple: They want to spread rumors and destabilize the political situation in such a way that Wen will end up taking the blame.
If these methods do not succeed in getting Wen out of office, at least they can stop him from proposing political reform. In this respect, the plot has actually succeeded.
Of course, given the under-handed political deals the CCP is engaged in, we can never be totally sure of the truth.
The reason I have expressed my assumptions is because I hope they can help people look at this affair from a different angle. I also hope that people treat these rumors about restitution for the victims of the massacre carefully and not be overly optimistic about them.
Wang Dan is a visiting assistant professor in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at National Tsing Hua University.
Translated by Drew Cameron