Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Ongoing Drama with Chinese Characteristics

Breaking news -- fallen political star and former Chongqing Party boss Bo Xilai has completely lost any hope of political rehabilitation now that his titles have been stripped.

Xinhua made the announcement earlier this evening that his memberships to the Central Committee and Politburo have been suspended.

There had been talk that his reputation may be salvaged with honorary titles, but this was not meant to be.

It seems the leftists have definitely lost this round.

Meanwhile Bo's wife Gu Kailai is now under investigation for the murder of Neil Heywood, a British national who died under mysterious circumstances in Chongqing. His family in the UK believe he died of a heart attack, while others heard he drank himself to death.

During his last public appearance at the National People's Congress last month, Bo claimed his wife was a stay-at-home mom who gave up her law career 20 years ago.

However the Wall Street Journal did some digging and found she was still very active in business and law in both the United States, UK and China.

When their son Bo Guagua went to Britain to study she moved there to be with him, around the year 2000. His education at two private boarding schools and Oxford was apparently arranged by Heywood.

There are allegations she may have become paranoid in the last few years due to a corruption investigation on her in 2007. She allegedly ordered the demise of Heywood, which caused Wang Lijun to investigate. Wang came to tell Bo the news, which apparently caused the Chongqing Party chief to become infuriated with his police chief and demoted him from his post and have "vacation-style therapy".

A few days later Wang desperately sought asylum at the US consulate in Chengdu.

Questions still remain about where Bo and his family are being held, as there are rumours they are under house arrest in Beijing.

And what happened to Wang? What did he tell American diplomats in Chengdu?

It's a fascinating story that will continue to unravel for many weeks, months and years to come.

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