Two tigers cannot be in the same area. That’s something anyone can see. That’s why people use the word “crouching tiger hiding dragon” to refer to the land where tigers reside and dragons hide. The wise man is to hide and not show his face, until he is sure to win, he comes out and raises the flag.
General Secretary of the ruling Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Nguyen Phu Trong’s way of using people is deeply calculated and “malicious.” He used to use the bait as a Politburo member to lure the fierce tiger Nguyen Ba Thanh to leave the territory of Da Nang, to go to Hanoi to challenge. Even though he had Chairman of the National Assembly Vuong Dinh Hue in his hand, the top legislator was considered a “rabbit,” not daring to be strong with his opponent.
In the 2011-2013 period, Nguyen Phu Trong was weaker than then Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung. Trong needed a brave general to test how strong his opponent was and he chose Nguyen Ba Thanh. As a result, Nguyen Ba Thanh received clear consequences. Thanh said he dared to do it, in the right manner of a brave general, but in the end he was just a pawn for Mr. Nguyen Phu Trong. Mr. Vuong Dinh Hue was “rabbit” but survived.
On the other hand, someone commented to Thoibao.de that, if Nguyen Ba Thanh did not lose his life, but became a pioneer general in the hands of Nguyen Phu Trong, then at that time, Nguyen Phu Trong was even more worried. When using subordinates “rabbits” or gentle and docile, then his power can be more stable.
Most of kings tried to eliminate their strong subordinates after taking over the country. If Nguyen Ba Thanh hadn’t died, Mr. Thanh might have cast a large shadow over Mr. Nguyen Phu Trong by now.
Using people as carpentry, a stick or a wooden depending on the user’s interests. It is better to let Vuong Dinh Hue, Vo Van Thuong and Truong Thi Mai be under his command, and Trong is easier to control, than to use a martial general who is not afraid of heaven and earth like Nguyen Ba Thanh. When Nguyen Ba Thanh had great power, Mr. Trong could not help but feel insecure.
Currently, the people who are most trusted by Mr. Trong are soft and docile. Vuong Dinh Hue, Vo Van Thuong and Truong Thi Mai all enjoy more favors than To Lam – who has arrested people, including going abroad to kidnap people and bring them back according to Mr. Nguyen Phu Trong’s will. It is unclear what Mr. To Lam thinks about the injustice in the use of people by Mr. Nguyen Phu Trong?
Mr. Pham Minh Chinh belongs to the category of “crouching tiger, hidden dragon.” When he was head of the Central Organization Department, Mr. Chinh was very docile, but when he took the opportunity to seize the Prime Minister position, Mr. Chinh was no longer docile. If he uses someone who is a bit strong as an underling, I am afraid that Mr. Trong will have to pay time and effort to deal with these people.
In the current four pillars, Trong easily commands the other two Vo Van Thuong and Truong Thi Mai. If setting up the Prime Minister’s pillar is also the “yes” model like those two pillars, then it is considered that Mr. Nguyen Phu Trong completely controls the four pillars.
Ms. Truong Thi Mai has no authority but using Mr. Nguyen Phu Trong’s words, and then “screaming in the face” of her subordinates, these people could not help but be afraid. The weak people who are holding high positions can completely control their subordinates, thanks to the boss’s ferocity. If Nguyen Ba Thanh or Mr. Dinh Van Noi sit in the positions of Truong Thi Mai now, what would happen? They can scare the subordinates and scare the party chief. That’s why brave generals can do things often unable to climb high.