Authorities in Chongqing recently intensified the "red songs" campaign requesting public to learn and sing 36 "red songs" selected by the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) Propaganda Department. Analysts say it reveals the ambitions of Bo Xilai, party secretary of Chongqing, in securing a post in the top echelons of party leadership next year.
Party praising 36 "red songs" were selected for the nationwide "red songs" campaign to celebrate the 90th anniversary of CCP's founding. Ten songs that "reflect time's main theme" will be selected and taught to public in mid-May.
These 36 "red songs" are being broadcasted through various media in recent days.
Ms Wang: "I don't really like these 'red songs'. I want to sing the songs we really love, not the so-called 'red songs' selected by them. As a Chinese citizen, I can honestly say that the people are not living a happy life in China. There is oppression and persecution everywhere, how can people support a government like this?"
Chongqing authorities requested state-run media to promote the 36 "red songs" from April 10 to May 20.
Hu Ping (Editor-in-Chief at Beijing Spring): "Requesting the public to sing 'red songs' is in fact a kind of brainwashing. It is forcing people to bend and accept the regime. It is a cover-up in nature because everyone knows what is underneath. But you have to agree with it, otherwise you are politically untrustworthy."
Chongqing city had so far over 150,000 activities of "singing red songs", and accumulated participation of 90 million people. Authorities require everyone to learn and sing these 36 "red songs".
Hu Ping believes the "red songs" campaign is linked to the power struggle before CCP's 18th Congress. "Sing red, crack black" has been an important Bo Xilai's political play supported by Jiang clique. If Bo gains the upper hand in CCP's 18th congress, China will be in an even bigger danger.
Hu Ping: "The 'red songs' campaign was started by Bo Xilai in Chongqing. If the 'sing red, crack black' campaign is carried out nationwide, it will indicate the 'Chongqing model' creator Bo Xilai's rise in the CCP leadership."
Li Yuanchao, head of CCP's Organization Department praised Bo's "sing red, crack black" campaign during his visit to Chongqing from April 16 to 18.
Since last year, several high-ranking CCP leaders have visited Chongqing, including Chairman of the National Congress Wu Bangguo, Vice President Xi Jinping, head of the Discipline Commission He Guoqiang, and head of the Political and Legislative Committee Zhou Yongkang.