Sunday, 18 August 2013

Bo Xilai's Trial Date Set

Disgraced Chongqing party chief Bo Xilai finally gets his day in court
Breaking news on a Sunday evening -- Former Chongqing party chief Bo Xilai's trial is set for this Thursday starting at 8.30am in a courthouse in Jinan province.

This signals that senior leaders in Beijing have finally decided how to deal with the man who was once tipped to enter the Politburo.

Some are speculating Chinese President Xi Jinping has struck a deal with Bo to plead guilty in exchange for leaving his son Bo Guagua alone as well as his many assets overseas.

It will be interesting to see what Bo looks like -- or shall we be skeptical and wonder if the person behind the dock really is him after the bizarre appearance of a woman who seemed to look like his wife Gu Kailai when she stood trial?

Perhaps Bo's trial will be swift, as the Party probably doesn't want too many secrets and allegations revealed.

Nevertheless we can't help but notice that Xi is becoming more Maoist in his rhetoric, interpreting the Great Helmsman in his own way. We find this strange, as Wen Jiabao alluded to not wanting the country to go through chaos again in one of his final speeches as premier.

So why this return to Mao again? Or was this in Xi's playbook all along and didn't want Bo to get all the credit?

More shall be revealed later this week. Stay tuned.

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