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Bo Xilai Still Admired Locally in China
VOA News ^ | 04/19/12

Posted on 04/21/2012 5:24:58 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster

April 19, 2012

Bo Xilai Still Admired Locally in China

VOA News

Chinese state media are painting former Communist Party leader Bo Xilai as a fallen star, tainted by corruption and an allegedly murderous wife. But in Chongqing, the southwestern megalopolis he governed, the politician was often admired for overseeing impressive economic growth and city improvement projects.

The swift removal of Bo from his post, and his wife’s arrest for the alleged murder of a British citizen, have shocked many residents of Chongqing.

“The mood here is bafflement and surprise. The average people on the street tend to love him. People can’t stop talking about all the things they’ve done for the city. He’s made the streets safer. He’s made it better looking,” says VOA’s Stephanie Ho, reporting from Chongqing.

Chongqing boasted China’s fastest economic growth rate, 16.5 percent last year. As business development projects have sprung up across the city, low income housing has, too, gaining Bo favor with the poor.

“People in public housing had met him when he toured the complex, and they were still in awe of him because they felt like he connected with them,” says Ho, adding that Bo is unusual in China for a charisma more often seen in Western leaders like former U.S. President Bill Clinton

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2012election; boxilai; china; economy; election2012; kenyanbornmuzzie; mittromney
In a nutshell, peopel feel that every powerful figure in China is corrupt and, if necessary, murderous. Bo managed to spread the dough unlike others who kept everything for themselves. That is how people see it. Such a perception is the reason why people still give support or sympathy for him, despite Bo being a retro red fashioning himself after Mao.

Poor folks get bag of rice in return for singing revolutionary songs, which is repulsive to educated class and many officials. But folks at least get bag of rice while they would probably get none from Bo's detractors. Chinese regime is sitting on a fault line for some time, and Bo saga is jerking the fault line.

1 posted on 04/21/2012 5:25:01 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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2 posted on 04/21/2012 5:25:51 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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3 posted on 04/21/2012 5:28:08 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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In a nutshell, people feel that every powerful figure in China is corrupt and, if necessary, murderous.

Well said. And I would add that in China those traits are considered admirable in a Leader. The bit about the housing cannot be under-estimated. The majority of these people are only 1 generation from living in absolute primitive squalor.
That he created jobs and then provided housing for the workers is something that made/makes him a legend in their minds.
That e was a bit 'rough' about it and that his wife was a bit of a crook is just something they expect.
Hi alliance with Bo was a perfect match. The Lord and his Warlord..(OK..a bit exaggerated) is right out of Chinese Classical history.

4 posted on 04/21/2012 5:50:20 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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Yes, housing and fighting crime were winning heart and mind of many in Chongqing, according to reports.


5 posted on 04/21/2012 5:56:22 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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