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Fall of China official roils Chongqing, with some public dissent (Bo has widespread support)
LAT ^ | 04/11/12 | Jonathan Kaiman

Posted on 04/11/2012 7:25:25 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster

Fall of China official roils Chongqing, with some public dissent

Residents who benefited from local chief Bo Xilai's initiatives openly defend him. But the crackdown, with sensational allegations against his wife, continues.

By Jonathan Kaiman, Los Angeles Times

April 11, 2012

CHONGQING, China — Change has come quickly to this sprawling city of 30 million people since the charismatic local party chief, Bo Xilai, was fired last month by the national Communist Party leadership in China's most high-profile political shake-up in 20 years.

Signs in public squares now ban gatherings to sing "red songs," a prominent element of Bo's effort to revitalize Mao-era values. Advertising has replaced propaganda messages on television. Bo's supporters say some old problems — be it the nuisance of unwanted leaflets or a bigger issue like prostitution — are creeping back.

But the former Chongqing party chief's most ardent followers aren't ready to simply accept his fate. Instead, they are challenging an unwritten rule that such high-level political decisions in China are beyond reproach by common people.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: boxilai; china; chongqing; powerstruggle
It seems that this Bo saga is not over yet.
1 posted on 04/11/2012 7:25:30 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster; Tainan; hedgetrimmer; Unam Sanctam; taxesareforever; Avenger; prion; Iris7; ...
Arguably the most serious power struggle since TAM uprising in ‘89. I know some foreign corporations are now in quandary because they made huge efforts to court Bo in order to build factories in Chongqing area, the focus of China's development of inland provinces. Now he is gone, and all projects are suspended until dust clears in China's political arena.
2 posted on 04/11/2012 7:31:07 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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On top of this development, we now have a riot going on in Chongqing.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/China/Riots-break-out-in-Chongqing/Article1-839052.aspx

Riots break out in Chongqing

Sutirtho Patranobis, Hindustan Times

Beijing, April 11, 2012

Widespread clashes were reported from the southwestern city of Chongqing on Tuesday, the same day the city’s former party chief Bo Xilai was sacked from his remaining Communist party posts. An anonymous government official told Associated Press that the incidents were not related. The

incidents, the official indicated, were more connected to the merging of Wanshen, the part of Chongqing where the rioting took place, with the neighbouring Qijiang county.

The official told AP that Wansheng was running out of mining resources and trying to modernise its economy. “But its economic problems become more pronounced after it was merged into neighboring Qijiang county earlier this year, said the official, who like many Chinese officials did not want to give his name.”

Online reports, which could not be independently verified, said thousands came out on the streets demanding that the merger be annulled. A large number of security personnel were deployed to bring the situation under control.

There was no word about the incident in the official media except a mention in the Chinese version of the state-run Xinhua news agency about a violent incident in Chongqing.

3 posted on 04/11/2012 7:33:08 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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I’ve been following this story for a while. Real intrigue here.


4 posted on 04/11/2012 7:38:29 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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Who doesn’t like to sing red songs?

Let us boldly fulfill the Five Year Plan! It speaks to me.


5 posted on 04/11/2012 7:39:02 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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They can say what they like. Whether the riots are justified or not or what the reason is trivial. They removed the top guy and riots happen is the story.


6 posted on 04/11/2012 7:41:31 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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30 million people city? That’s like a whole European country.

China, you got a problem.

I can see it going into Gulag ghetto lockdown or them dropping a nuke there. Sheesh.


7 posted on 04/11/2012 8:01:17 AM PDT by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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The John Batchelor Show has been following events in China very closely. This will be a fight to the death between Bo and his enemies, followed by a bloody clean out of the losing faction. This “could” be a repeat of the Cultural Revolution. I was wondering how Apple and other companies with key manufacturing plants would be affected. These are interesting times for China and are bound to become more so.I think Batchelor has the best show for international and national issues - usually critical of Obama’s foreign policies and national monetary policy. He’s not like Rush, but has expert guests, like Victor Davis Hansen and others from Hoover.


8 posted on 04/11/2012 10:15:33 AM PDT by muleskinner
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Tall, slender policewomen in heavy makeup and starched white uniforms stand in the middle of roundabouts to direct traffic, a Bo trademark.

Bo certainly has creative thinking! Too bad our glorious leader doesn't have a clue about leading, let alone have creative ideas.

9 posted on 04/11/2012 1:34:05 PM PDT by roadcat
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...sing "red songs," a prominent element of Bo's effort to revitalize Mao-era values.

Bo was too Red for the ChiComs? Wow.

10 posted on 04/11/2012 1:42:54 PM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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Heywood was Gu’s business partner and reputed to also be working for MI-6.


11 posted on 04/11/2012 3:01:27 PM PDT by gandalftb (The art of diplomacy says "nice doggie", until you find a bigger rock.)
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Heywood was Gu’s business partner and reputed to also be working for MI-6.


12 posted on 04/11/2012 3:01:37 PM PDT by gandalftb (The art of diplomacy says "nice doggie", until you find a bigger rock.)
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MI-6? I suppose that, even if he was not working for them initially, he would have been recruited eventually. MI-6 cannot miss such a golden opportunity. In a communist country, there is no better way to can a powerful figure than tying him with foreign espionage. Many powerful figures in various communist countries had been purged ostensibly for being foreign spies.


13 posted on 04/11/2012 5:32:46 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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The details would make for a great mystery/spy thriller movie.

Heywood worked for the intel business Hakluyt & Co. the MI-6 connection.

Bo’s wife, lawyer Bo Gu Kailai, is in jail along with her assistant Zhang Xiaojun. Heywood was a frequent guest and involved with both in “trading” activities. Heywood used their connections to travel freely and meet high level business and political connections.

Seems Heywood was found dead at the age of 41, highly intoxicated, cause of death was a “heart attack” some days after he told a friend he was in trouble. In a highly unusual move, he was cremated without autopsy against the wishes of his mother and the British Consulate.

Bo’s police chief Wang Lijun fled to the US consulate in Chengdu and offered details on the whole affair but was handed over to Beijing and Bo was immediately dumped.

Heywood may have been the bag man for payoffs to Taiwan businessmen, just a rumor, lots of chatter.

Gonna be a bumpy ride. Wish I was closer so I could write the screenplay.


14 posted on 04/12/2012 2:53:18 PM PDT by gandalftb (The art of diplomacy says "nice doggie", until you find a bigger rock.)
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Talk to guys in Boxun, a Chinese overseas news outlet. They seem to know a lot.:-)
15 posted on 04/12/2012 7:06:28 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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