The Perfect Enemy | Chinese war hero’s daughter slams Beijing’s Covid-19 management
July 1, 2022

Chinese war hero’s daughter slams Beijing’s Covid-19 management

Chinese war hero’s daughter slams Beijing’s Covid-19 management  Hindustan Times

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Luo Diandian’s father Luo Ruiqing is hailed as the creator of the Chinese security and police apparatus. He served as the Chief of Joint Staff between 1959 and 1965, the period which witnessed the Chinese victory in the 1962 Sino-India war. He was purged for opposing the Cultural Revolution in the 1960s, but was later reinstated by Mao Zedong.

A file photo of Chinese president Xi Jinping at the Academy of Military Medical Sciences in Beijing on March 2, 2020. (Xinhua)
Published on Jun 12, 2022 05:07 PM IST

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The daughter of a Chinese general who served as the Chief of Joint Staff during the 1962 war against India has slammed Beijing’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.

A letter by Luo Diandian, the youngest daughter of Luo Ruiqing, hailed as the creator of China’s security and police apparatus, has gone viral and is being widely circulated in non-mainstream Hong Kong websites, Chinese YouTube channels and telegram groups. In the letter written to a certain Ma Xiaoli, Diandian criticises president Xi Jinping‘s Covid management without naming him.

In the explosive letter, Diandian has alleged that the basic practice of the ninth edition of the Covid diagnosis and treatment plan is violated through the dynamic clearing policy.

“It does not conform to the mutation characteristics of the novel coronavirus, and it lacks basic scientific thinking. It breaks the common sense that professional problems are handled by experts. The direct use of the party’s system to implement executive orders is to break the routine of the state’s administrative operations,” Diandian’s letter reads.

The general’s daughter continues her veiled attack on Jinping, saying that the Covid management has brought about the lack of separation of responsibilities resulting in chaotic government orders and out of control management.

“It not only undermines the enthusiasm of cadres at all levels who really want to do things well, but leaves them at a loss as to what to do,” she adds.

Diandian also alleges that not only the infected people are strictly isolated, but the huge crowds in close and sub-close contacts are also completely isolated, furthter alleging an imposition of a ‘unreasonably centralised control’.

Luo Ruiqing’s daughter has termed the extreme measures by the Communist regime disrupting the normal order of the society, while adding that the measures have created huge difficulties in the lives of ordinary people in all aspects including earning a living, education, housing and medical facilities.

“It makes me feel ashamed and humiliated to think that they, who still have some power in their hands, didn’t even organize a decent “boycott” when they and most people were treated so unfairly,” Diandian, the daughter of the general who was purged for opposing the Cultural Revolution which took place from 1966 to 1976. However, he was reinstated by Mao during the meeting of the Central Military Commission in 1975. Two years later, he got back his position of the secretary general of the CMC. 

Diandian ends her ‘wrong’ letter by expressing hope that ‘Ma Xiaoli’ can use her connections to let people who are willing to listen.


    Author of Indian Mujahideen: The Enemy Within (2011, Hachette) and Himalayan Face-off: Chinese Assertion and Indian Riposte (2014, Hachette). Awarded K Subrahmanyam Prize for Strategic Studies in 2015 by Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (MP-IDSA) and the 2011 Ben Gurion Prize by Israel.


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