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"We offer all the right to live in utopia—but some still choose to fight for the right to live in hell."
Ren Cao (pronounced Ren Sao) is the Supreme Commissary of the Pan-Asiatic States, a Marxist-Leninst member of the Asian Communist Party (ACP), and Human Rights advocate; having held multiple terms as a Congressman on both Federal and State level. He also acted as the Mayor of one of the Pan-Asiatic States' newest settlements, Nuevayangtze City. Ren Cao is famous for being the son of another 'great' Asian legislator and war veteran, Ren Hui, and both figures have been notable for being 'fan favorites' of voters for their many accomplished terms as members of the Federal Congress. Following the assassination of Supreme Commissary Fernando Lawrencio III, an emergency election between members of the Federal Congress on May 20 won Cao a seat on the Sixth Administration. He will be governing the Pan-Asiatic States as its de facto Supreme Commissary until the current administration's term ends.
Ren Cao was raised in Beijing, China during the period of the Southeast Asian Soviet Offensive, to Ren Hui, a footsoldier of the Red Army for most of his childhood, and Ren Chan, a housewife. He lived with his two twin brothers of the same age, Ren Fei and Ren Zhuo, in the concrete slums of the new capital of the former People's Republic of China. The Ren household was a traditionalist Taoist one. Life in post-revolutionary Beijing was relatively easy-going even though most of its infrastructure had been destroyed during the conflict, due to quick rehabilitation efforts provided-for by the Soviet Union at the time. Ren Hui says that he initially wanted to be a biologist in his youth, as he took an interest in the anatomy of insects and small, roadkill animals during his time as a student of Xiyi Elementary School, one of the newly-renovated educational centers in the area, where he studied diligently together with his two brothers. He graduated in the school's first batch, with average marks in all subjects except History, which he excelled in. Cao lived a mostly ordinary life, and his father frequently sent him and his mother letters through the army's courier service.
Cao's father, Hui, former Colonel for the National Democratic Front, served under both Chinese and Soviet armies throughout his career as an intelligence officer. He has been credited with the interrogation and infiltration of several key military bases from behind enemy lines in Hokkaido. He also commanded a Scout Company for the Red Army during the Battle of North Borneo, and has been credited with at least 51 confirmed kills as an infantryman.
Cao would see his father around two to three times a year for an average of around three to four weeks of leave from the Army. Ren Hui was a War-Hero by the time his children had graduated high school from Geng Shui Public High School, northeast on the outskirts of Beijing. Cao and his brothers moved further to this provincial side of the city when his family had been relocated by the local authorities for administrative purposes. While the new accomodations were reportedly much more ideal the previous one, Cao also stated that it was at this time in his life that he was exposed to the living conditions of the majority of agrarian workers in the coutnryside. While Ren Fei and Ren Zhuo excelled in mathematics and the sciences, Ren Cao preferred social science and the humanities. Cao claims to have read important Marxist political literature during his adolesence, at Geng Shui's open library, works to the likes of Marx's masterpiece, Das Kapital; Quotations of Chairman Mao Zedong; the Communist Manifesto; and even Philippine Society and Revolution. However, he also says that he expressed interest in American literature, such as Crime and Punishment as well as the Great Gatsby. Cao frequented local news stalls, and was eventually absorbed into the Maoist fever of the 70s and 80s. According to Cao, he simply drew conclusions on the current political climate based on what he could get his hands on.
Cao also participated in several Red Youth Leagues. Cao was chosen to lead the singing of "The Internationale" in front of the Chinese State Congress, when the Chinese Communist Party decided to select 'young future Party members' to showcase to a joint conference with a Soviet Delegation in 1979. Cao was known to be one of the more prominent local rally-organizers in Beijing, and most of his early student-jobs were as typists for city administrators, such as the Office of the Mayor.
The Chinese Communist Party granted him a scholarship in the prestegious Peking University, where he gave-up all his pursuits to become a scientist in favor of pursuing Law and Political Science. Publicly-released letters from his father state that Cao and his brothers were explicitly prohibited from joining the army like their father all throughout the War Years.
Ren Cao entered the Chinese Communist Party (which only two years later, would become the Asian Communist Party) in 1989, at the age of 23, which would mark the beginning of his political aspirations. When his father returned home and retired from service in the Army in 1990, his entire family soon followed his own political aspirations; all of them eventually becoming registered Party members by 1991. Cao's brothers served as accountants for the Party, his mother a voluntary writer for a local tabloid, and his father, as a veteran of the Army, moved to its logistical division as a pension-fund administrator.
The student culture of the 90s, centered on what was being called during the era as the "New Chinese Dream" encouraged intellectuals in the cities to work in the countryside for a time during their education, and then returning to serve it after graduation. Ren Cao was fanatical about this aspiration, and he had volunteered to work alongside a family of sheep-herders in Shenzhen for two years from May 1991 to March 1992. While working there, he organized the provincial rallies against local Soviet administrators who refused to let go of their positions, and participated in gatherings with leading independence movements, such as the Free Asia Society and the Chinese-Asiatic Cooperation Organization. Effectively, Cao became the voice of city-based organizations in rural areas of Shenzhen; going door-to-door spreading Maoist propaganda and recruiting young men into the newly-constituted Pan-Asiatic States Armed Forces.
Like many of his peers, he participated in the 1995 Cultural Revolution as a Red Guard Cadre Volunteer. He, together with his father and his father's old military fraternity, spearheaded the Peking sect of the Cultural Revolution. They participated in several milita raids against known corrupt party officials, though none particularly of importance. His experiences in 1995 led him to beg his father to allow him to volunteer for the Pan-Asiatic States Armed Forces for a few years, since after all, their operations had already placed him in favor with many local officers. His wish was granted and Cao was placed in the 9th Pan-Asiatic Frontier Division, undergoing basic military service, and serving from 1995 to 1997. His time stationed in the AMC Northern Mission Control, which was centered around the area of operations of Harbin, China only ever saw him in combat once, during a patrol. In his first year, Cao was placed on the frontlines against a known Neo-Kuomintang hideout near the outskirts of Harbin. Here, he and a company of men were ambushed while escorting a cache of munitions to an artillery regiment. Completely unprepared, the 9th took 6 casualties. Cao was grazed by a blow from a machete to the face, but was otherwise unharmed.
In December of 1997, Cao came home from the Army as somewhat of a local warhero himself, and many urged him to try politics as his father did while he was away. Since 1995, his father had been a member of the Federal Congress for the Peking District, legislating both the Environmental Efficiency Act and the Offensive Communications Act as a prime leader of political and socio-economic reform. While Hui served on the Federal level, Cao served as Beijing District's congressional representative to the Chinese District Assembly, replacing long-time 'Deng Loyalist' Xia Huan. Cao's first run in the CDA would last from December 29, 1997 to December 31, 2007. Some considered the two dynastic, as it was taboo for two relatives to run in representation of a single district on two levels. Ultimately, many consider this what led to the decline of support for Cao in 2007, when he himself was replaced by a much more upstart politician, Wei Zan, nicknamed "Beijing's Loudspeaker" for her ferociousness in political debates (Ren Cao, in contast is timid when it comes to political confrontation).
While Ren Hui continued his career as a Federal Congressional until January 2019, when he permanently retired at the age of 80, Ren Cao seemed to be his incarnate. Taking a break from politics after his defeat in 2007, he worked as an alumni University professor of Law in Beijing, at Peking University until 2010, when he decided to seek out better political opportunities at the newly-constructed city of Nuevayangtze, where he worked as a City Planner.
Ren Cao eventually rose to the position of Mayor of Nuevayangtze in 2014, beating the much-disliked Mayor Lu Hong, who had only served a single term for his incompetence at managing the city's economics. Lu Hong, a former General, was much unfavored due to his frequent appointment of former war veterans instead of capable men. In contrast to the previous Mayor, Ren appointed staff based on meritocratic displays of skill rather than favor.
Ren Cao served as Nuevayangtze's Mayor from November 10, 2014 to November 14, 2017. During this time, he accomplished a plethora of economic reforms regarding advancement in the city's IT and BPO sectors. He managed the creation of several new call center agencies, gave subsidies to Asia Telecomm to invest their resources into the city, and expanded the number of state-media companies in the area; generating thousands of high-paying jobs for urban workers. He worked closely with State-President Xi Jinping regarding the translation of the national development to local development: expanding and controlling the economic growth of the region in relation to the rest of the country's. These advancements ultimately led to him being christened by Nuevayangtze's people as the 'Silicon Mayor'.
In November of 2017, Cao won a seat in the Federal Congress as Nuevayangtze's District 1 representative. Since his father still served as Beijing's Federal Congressman, the two briefly served together until his father's retirement in 2019.
In May of 2019, Supreme Commissary Fernando Lawrencio III was assassinated by a gunman allegedly from Anglomir. When the time came for an emergency election, many Federal Congressmen regarded Ren Cao as being the man with the most executive experience, and, having served in both the Red Guard and the Army, one of the most popular figureheads of Pan-Asiatic society today. Ren Cao won the position of acting Supreme Commissary of the Pan-Asiatic States and will continue serving until the end of the current adminstration's term.
Ren Cao's twin brother, Fei, currently represents Beijing District 10 to the Chinese District Assembly.
Ren Cao's other twin brother, Zhuo, currently works as an accountant for the Pan-Asiatic Ministry of Finance in Neo-Manila.
The Ren Brothers have all admitted to substituting for each other during tests or recitations during times of convenience, due to their identical appearances.
"If strength is justice, then is powerlessness a crime?" "It's all about self-satisfaction, doesn't matter how hard you try, you can't do it, there's no way you can change the world alone. The world changes itself based on our collective actions." "In their heart, everyone has faith that their victory exists. However, in the face of time and destiny, the act of faith is fruitless and fleeting at best."
"Happiness: access to the internet and a good cup of tea."
- Interview for the Neo-Manila Post, 1999
- Address to the Chinese District Assembly, 2007
- Interview for the Neo-Manila Post, 2010
- Statement published in the Neo-Manila Post, 2017
"If strength is justice, then is powerlessness a crime?"
"It's all about self-satisfaction, doesn't matter how hard you try, you can't do it, there's no way you can change the world alone. The world changes itself based on our collective actions."
"In their heart, everyone has faith that their victory exists. However, in the face of time and destiny, the act of faith is fruitless and fleeting at best."
The Ren Family house in Northeast Beijing