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  • The Man Who Wasn't There (Secret Coup in China)

    02/26/2014 12:43:05 PM PST · by mojito · 11 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 2/25/2014 | Isaac Stone Fish
    It was an easy story to miss. On Feb. 22, the Beijing newspaper China Business Herald, citing an anonymous source, reported that PetroChina International Vice President Shen Dingcheng had been missing for weeks. As a single point of data, the story means little. But the disappearance of Shen (which dozens of other Chinese news outlets covered) is likely another piece of the still unfolding and maddeningly opaque saga of Zhou Yongkang. Shen, it turns out, served as Zhou's secretary for part of the 1990s. Formerly one of the most powerful men in China, Zhou ran China's state security apparatus as...
  • Bo Xilai: Guilty Sentenced to Life Imprisonment (Chinese-language news)

    09/21/2013 8:26:27 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 17 replies
    Money163.com ^ | 09/22/2013 | Money163.com
    TexGrill Thread: BREAKING NEWS The Chinese-language news has just reported that former Chongqing CCP boss had just been sentenced to life imprisonment. The verdict was made by the Jinan Intermediate People's Court. An attorney representing Bo Xilai has already pledged to appeal the verdict. The link is in Chinese but verifies the story.
  • China's Leader Embraces Mao as He Tightens Grip on Country (Good Analysis)

    08/21/2013 4:22:08 PM PDT · by mojito · 9 replies
    WSJ ^ | 8/16/2013 | Jeremy Page
    WUHAN, China—On a visit here in July, Chinese President Xi Jinping went to a lakeside villa where Mao Zedong spent summers in the 1950s enjoying such luxuries as a swimming pool and air conditioning. Opening a new exhibition there that makes no mention of the millions who died under Mao's leadership, Mr. Xi declared that the villa should be a center for educating youth about patriotism and revolution. A week earlier, he went to a village from which Mao attacked Beijing in 1949. There, Mr. Xi vowed that "our red nation will never change color." It isn't just Mr. Xi's...
  • China seals Bo's fate ahead of November 8 leadership congress

    09/28/2012 9:14:24 AM PDT · by mojito · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/28/2012 | Chris Buckley and Ben Blanchard
    China's ruling Communist Party accused disgraced politician Bo Xilai of abusing power, taking huge bribes and other crimes on Friday, sealing the fate of a controversial leader whose fall shook a leadership handover due at a congress from November 8. The once high-flying Bo now faces a criminal investigation that stemmed from a murder scandal, and will almost certainly be jailed. With the Communist Party congress about six weeks away, further steps in the case could come before then, helping pave the way for a transition of power, experts said. "Bo Xilai's actions created grave repercussions and did massive harm...
  • China's Gu Kailai gets suspended death sentence: witnesses

    08/19/2012 8:44:39 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 08/19/12 | John Ruwitch
    China's Gu Kailai gets suspended death sentence: witnesses By John Ruwitch HEFEI, China | Sun Aug 19, 2012 11:28pm EDT (Reuters) - A Chinese court sentenced the wife of ousted Politburo member Bo Xilai to death on Monday but suspended her execution, witnesses to the hearing said, ending one chapter of a scandal that has shaken the country and engulfed a leadership transition planned for later this year. The sentence means that Gu Kailai is likely to face life in jail for murdering British businessman Neil Heywood last year, provided she does not commit offences in the next two years....
  • Bo Xilai scandal: Cambodia refuses to extradite French architect to China

    06/22/2012 7:10:02 PM PDT · by csvset · 1 replies
    France24 ^ | 22/06/2012 | News wire
    A French national detained in Cambodia, who has been linked to the scandal surrounding China's deposed politician Bo Xilai, will not be extradited, a minister said on Friday. Patrick Henri Devillers will, however, remain in custody. REUTERS - The French architect linked to China’s biggest political scandal in two decades and detained in Cambodia will not be extradited to any country, a minister said, adding another twist to a high-profile case already shrouded in mystery. Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong gave no details on what grounds China had requested the arrest of Patrick Henri Devillers, whose whereabouts is unknown, but...
  • [Chinese] $110M Prostitution Sex Scandal

    06/01/2012 1:40:51 PM PDT · by Milagros · 12 replies
    chariweb ^ | May, 2012
    Bo Xilai and Zhang Ziyi mired in $110M Prostitution Sex Scandal The Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon star is reportedly under investigation by the Chinese government for being paid to have sex with disgraced former top government official, Bo Xilai. Hong Kong's Apple daily and other Chinese media reported that the pair was first introduced by Bo's associate, Xu Ming, who is the founder and chairman of Dalian Shide Group. Sources say Xu confessed to paying Zhang 6 million yuan (S$1.2 million) in 2007, to have sex with her for the first time. He later negotiated a ... http://www.chariweb.com/2012/05/bo-xilai-zhang-ziyi-mired-in-110m.html
  • China: Bo Xilai is down, but not out yet

    05/31/2012 7:12:51 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 1 replies
    China Post ^ | 05/31/12 | David Kan Ting
    Bo Xilai is down, but not out yet Thursday, May 31, 2012 By David Kan Ting, Special to The China Post The oft-quoted Chinese saying, “people's eyes are snow-brilliant,” (人民的眼睛是雪亮的) has a ring of truth, after all. The adage, attributable to Chairman Mao Zedong, asserts that the eyes of people are piercing and sharp, able to see the difference between right and wrong, and to penetrate the smoke and mirrors of the reactionaries and counterrevolutionaries. The chairman seems to have got it right again this time as mainland China is rocked by scandal after scandal. Time magazine called the country...
  • China: Bo Xilai, Zhang Ziyi mired in $1.5m prostitution scandal

    05/29/2012 5:23:01 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    Korea Herals ^ | 05/29/12 | Kim Yoon-mi
    Bo Xilai, Zhang Ziyi mired in $1.5m prostitution scandal 2012-05-29 19:36 Bo Xilai, the former party secretary of Chongqing, China, and Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi are mired in a scandal after a news report said Zhang provided sexual services for Bo in exchange for money. U.S.-based Chinese-language news Website Boxun was quoted by news reports as saying that Bo’s associate Xu Ming, founder and chairman of Dalian Shide Group, arranged secretive meetings for the two more than 10 times from 2007-2011. The report said Zhang was paid about 46 million Taiwanese dollars ($1.55 million) per deal. The meetings all occurred...
  • China: Two Incidents Open Pandora’s Box – Analysis

    05/25/2012 6:46:07 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies
    Eurasia View ^ | 05/22/12 | Bhaskar Roy
    China: Two Incidents Open Pandora’s Box – Analysis May 22, 2012 By Bhaskar Roy Two incidents, one regarding Chongqing Party Secretary Bo Xilai, and the other involving a blind human rights activist and self-taught lawyer Chen Guangchen, destroyed the myth that the Chinese system is a well oiled machine. Policy, individual, and bitter factional rivalries are kept sealed from the public to ensure the Party’s inviolability. This is the biggest political quake the country has experienced since the 1989 Tiananmen Square incident. The new age of social communication, the internet, has also damaged the Party’s secrecy. Even people inside the...
  • Exclusive: China leadership rules Bo case isolated, limits purge: sources(truce?)

    05/25/2012 6:33:25 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 05/25/12 | Benjamin Kang Lim and Chris Buckley
    Exclusive: China leadership rules Bo case isolated, limits purge: sources By Benjamin Kang Lim and Chris Buckley BEIJING | Fri May 25, 2012 2:07am EDT (Reuters) - Chinese President Hu Jintao has demanded senior Communist Party officials stifle tensions over the ousting of ambitious politician Bo Xilai and show unity as they prepare for a change of leadership, sources briefed on recent meetings said. Hu urged the party to close ranks at a meeting of about 200 officials early this month at a Beijing hotel, declaring the downfall of Bo - China's biggest political scandal in two decades - to...
  • Exclusive: China considers delay of key party congress: sources

    05/13/2012 12:21:29 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 05/08/12 | Benjamin Kang Lim and Nick Edwards
    Exclusive: China considers delay of key party congress: sources By Benjamin Kang Lim and Nick Edwards BEIJING | Tue May 8, 2012 5:28pm EDT (Reuters) - China's ruling Communist Party is seriously considering a delay in its upcoming five-yearly congress by a few months amid internal debate over the size and makeup of its top decision-making body, sources said, as the party struggles to finalize a once-in-a-decade leadership change. The two most senior posts, of president and premier, are not considered in much doubt. But any delay in the congress, no matter the official reason, would likely fuel speculation of...
  • China: Tiananmen II

    05/13/2012 12:18:49 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies
    Indian Express ^ | 05/10/12 | Minxin Pei
    Tiananmen II Minxin Pei : Thu May 10 2012, 03:12 hrs Bo Xilai’s downfall punctures the myth of China’s resilient autocracy Scandals in dictatorships perform several valuable functions. They often discredit their rulers and undermine their legitimacy. In some cases, scandals may even hasten the disintegration of authoritarian regimes by causing infighting among ruling elites or triggering loss of confidence and a crisis. For academics, such scandals frequently provide test cases for validating long-held theories or assumptions about the durability of authoritarian rule. From this perspective, the recent mega-scandal involving Bo Xilai, one of China’s political stars, is particularly useful...
  • China: City divided by disgraced Communist leader's legacy (popular support alive)

    05/13/2012 12:06:29 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 05/13/12 | Ed Flanagan
    City divided by disgraced Communist leader's legacy By Ed Flanagan, NBC News CHONGQING, China – Everywhere you go in Chongqing, you can see traces of the complicated legacy of Bo Xilai, the former Communist party chief who ran this municipality of 30 million people until scandal derailed him. At one time destined for a top post in China’s highest echelon of power, the standing committee of the politburo of the Communist Party, Bo aggressively poured money into this municipality in pursuit of his populist agenda. To drive through the windy roads that snake around this hilly metropolis is to see...
  • China considers delay of key party congress: sources

    05/08/2012 2:24:00 PM PDT · by mojito · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/8/2012 | By Benjamin Kang Lim and Nick Edwards
    China's ruling Communist Party is seriously considering a delay in its upcoming five-yearly congress by a few months amid internal debate over the size and makeup of its top decision-making body, sources said, as the party struggles to finalize a once-in-a-decade leadership change. The two most senior posts, of president and premier, are not considered in much doubt. But any delay in the congress, no matter the official reason, would likely fuel speculation of infighting over the remaining seats in the nine-member politburo standing committee which calls the shots in China. [....] Delay could also further unnerve global financial markets...
  • China: Bo's Son Ticketed in Porsche

    04/27/2012 7:06:48 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    WSJ ^ | 04/26/12 | JENNIFER LEVITZ and STEVE EDER
    CHINA NEWS Updated April 26, 2012, 10:49 p.m. ET Bo's Son Ticketed in Porsche Boston-Area Traffic Stops Surface as Chinese 'Princeling' Seeks to Play Down Lifestyle By JENNIFER LEVITZ and STEVE EDER BOSTON—In an effort to dispel reports that he led a luxurious lifestyle, Bo Guagua, the Chinese "princeling" at Harvard and son of a deposed Communist leader, this week denied he ever drove a Ferrari. But Mr. Bo has racked up three traffic citations in Massachusetts—and according to a person familiar with the matter, he was driving a black Porsche. Mr. Bo is the son of Bo Xilai, the...
  • [China] Bo Xilai Alleged Financier: George Soros (???)

    04/27/2012 6:38:41 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    i4u ^ | 04/25/12
    Bo Xilai Alleged Financier: George Soros BEIJING: Billionaire oil tycoon George Soros, an executive board member of the International Crisis Group, has played a major role in deposed Chinese Communist Chongqing Boss, Bo Xilai’s rise to fame and fortune in Dalian and Chongqing. ... http://www.dallasblog.com/201204241008984/dallas-blog/bo-xilai-alleged-financier-george-soros.html
  • China: Bo Xilai's wife 'was in the room when Neil Heywood was poisoned'

    04/25/2012 8:34:37 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 04/24/12 | Damien McElroy, Malcolm Moore
    Bo Xilai's wife 'was in the room when Neil Heywood was poisoned' Bo Xilai's's wife Gu Kailai, accused of murdering the British businessman Neil Heywood, confessed to police that she was in the room when he was poisoned, according to an account given to American diplomats. By Damien McElroy, Malcolm Moore in Beijing 9:00PM BST 24 Apr 2012 Wang Lijun, the former chief of police in Chongqing, told US officials that Gu Kailai had confessed that she was responsible for the killing with the words: "I did it." Mr Wang gave his account of her alleged confession to diplomats at...
  • Flamboyant Son of Fallen Chinese Leader Makes a Statement(am not a brat, never drove a Ferrari)

    04/24/2012 7:34:19 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    NYT ^ | 04/24/12 | MARK MCDONALD
    Flamboyant Son of Fallen Chinese Leader Makes a Statement By MARK MCDONALD | April 24, 2012, 9:47 pm HONG KONG — In the most sensational political drama in decades in China, the fall of the former Politburo member Bo Xilai has captivated the country for months with its cloak-and-dagger intrigue, charges of corruption and murder, and a compelling cast of personalities. Among the central characters in the tumult is Mr. Bo’s son, Bo Guagua, 24, a graduate student at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He was even mentioned in the official statement describing the reasons for his father’s removal from...
  • Armed standoff between Wen Jiabao's and Zhou Yongkang's troops over Bo Xilai's subordinate

    04/23/2012 3:04:49 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 23 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | April 21, 2012 | Chosun Daily News
    Wen JiaBao’s PLA unit and Zhou YongKang’s security force were in a standoff, over the custody of Xu Ming, an associate of Bo XiLai. Eventually Zhou’s force was driven out. Zhou is an ally of Bo XiLai. Wen was investigating Bo. Zhou gained custody of Xu Ming first on Mar. 14. On Mar. 19, Wen found out and ordered that Xu Ming be turned over to him. But Zhou resisted. He had Xu moved to another location, but on the way they lost custody of Xu to Wen’s people. Zhou then deployed a security force to regain custody of Xu....
  • US website covering China's Bo Xilai scandal hacked

    04/21/2012 5:43:28 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies
    BBC ^ | 04/21/12
    US website covering China's Bo Xilai scandal hacked A US-based Chinese-language website that has reported extensively on the Bo Xilai scandal in China says it was crippled for several hours by a concerted hacking attack. The Boxun website had to move to a new webhost after the denial-of-service attack on Friday, its manager said. Boxun has reported for several weeks on the scandal surrounding Bo Xilai. Mr Bo was removed from key political posts as his wife was investigated for the murder of a British businessman. Boxun's original webhost, Name.com, told the Associated Press news agency that the hack was...
  • Bo Xilai Still Admired Locally in China

    04/21/2012 5:24:58 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    VOA News ^ | 04/19/12
    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....
  • News of Drama in China Consulate Reached Obama

    04/21/2012 5:24:44 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 14 replies
    President Barack Obama was briefed on a former provincial police chief's overnight stay in a U.S. consulate in China in February while it was in progress or soon after it ended, a senior administration official said Friday, shedding new light on how significantly the U.S. viewed the encounter at the time. The 30-hour visit to the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu by Wang Lijun, who had just been relieved of his job as police chief, rapidly spurred controversy in China and came just a week before Vice President Xi Jinping, who is expected to become China's next leader, paid a visit...
  • Dozens under arrest in China in connection with Bo Xilai scandal

    04/19/2012 7:30:12 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 23 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 04/18/12 | Malcolm Moore
    Dozens under arrest in China in connection with Bo Xilai scandal China has detained dozens people with connections to Bo Xilai, it was claimed as the Communist party pledged to "thoroughly investigate" the politician and his wife's alleged role in the death of British businessman Neil Heywood. By Malcolm Moore, Chongqing 5:40PM BST 18 Apr 2012 At least 39 people are thought to be being held, alongside Mr Bo, in the seaside town of Beidaihe, a favourite retreat for Communist party leaders. "The detainees include Xu Ming, who had a very special relationship with Mr Bo, and some of the...
  • Exclusive: Briton killed after threat to expose Chinese leader's wife

    04/17/2012 4:12:03 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 13 replies
    The British businessman whose murder has sparked political upheaval in China was poisoned after he threatened to expose a plan by a Chinese leader's wife to move money abroad, two sources with knowledge of the police investigation said. It was the first time a specific motive has been revealed for Neil Heywood's murder last November, a death which ended Chinese leader Bo Xilai's hopes of emerging as a top central figure and threw off balance the Communist Party's looming leadership succession.
  • China: Gu Kailai Said to Have Named Zhou Yongkang as Coup Mastermind(purge escalates)

    04/15/2012 5:08:28 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies
    NDTV ^ | 04/13/12
    Gu Kailai Said to Have Named Zhou Yongkang as Coup Mastermind Gu Kailai, the wife of an ousted Chinese politician, may have given evidence against her husband's ally in order to save herself from the death penalty. Gu was arrested on April 10—the same day her husband Bo Xilai was sacked as Chongqing's Communist Party Secretary. Gu is likely to be convicted for the murder of British citizen and family friend Neil Heywood. According to online news service Boxun, an anonymous source on Thursday said that Gu Kailai exposed a plot between Zhou Yongkang and Bo Xilai to stage a...
  • Briton in China murder riddle 'poisoned by cyanide drops': Sensational new claims....

    04/15/2012 4:53:05 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 04/14/12 | Hazel Knowles and Jonathan Petre
    Briton in China murder riddle 'poisoned by cyanide drops': Sensational new claims about expat's mystery death in hotel Neil Heywood was 'poisoned to cover up adultery and £800m wire transfers' Websites claim Chinese official has confessed that he prepared the poison By Hazel Knowles and Jonathan Petre A British businessman found dead in a Chinese hotel was murdered on the orders of a fallen Communist Party chief, according to new reports. The extraordinary accounts – published on respected Mandarin-language websites yesterday – claimed to expose a sex-and-money scandal behind China's biggest political crisis in a generation. The websites described how...
  • Party May Be Long-Term Loser in Chinese Scandal

    04/15/2012 3:14:27 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies
    NYT ^ | 04/13/12 | MICHAEL WINES and SHARON LaFRANIERE
    Party May Be Long-Term Loser in Chinese Scandal By MICHAEL WINES and SHARON LaFRANIERE BEIJING — The scandal that climaxed here on Tuesday when Communist Party leaders suspended the Politburo member Bo Xilai and accused his wife of murder seems poised to destroy a charismatic party leader who challenged President Hu Jintao and Prime Minister Wen Jiabao’s vision for China. But for the Chinese leaders who purged Mr. Bo, there are threats as well. In the view of some analysts and party insiders, that same scandal has raised the notion of high-level misconduct among China’s elite to a level that...
  • Neil Heywood mystery: Gilded lifestyle of murder suspect's son Bo Guagua

    04/15/2012 3:06:38 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 04/14/12 | Patrick Sawer, Josie Ensor and Richard Eden
    Neil Heywood mystery: Gilded lifestyle of murder suspect's son Bo Guagua New pictures have cast a fascinating light on the privileged lifestyle and influential circle of friends surrounding the son of ousted Chinese Communist party leader Bo Xilai. By Patrick Sawer, Josie Ensor and Richard Eden 9:00PM BST 14 Apr 2012 A prime seat at the Beijing Olympics, nights out with Oxford friends, and a mentor at the heart of the British establishment – this is the gilded lifestyle of the son of the ousted Chinese Communist party leader linked to the death of a British businessman. These pictures shine...
  • China’s mysterious Internet outage; speculation over a ‘kill switch’

    04/14/2012 9:41:58 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 04/13/12 | Hana Stewart-Smith
    China’s mysterious Internet outage; speculation over a ‘kill switch’ By Hana Stewart-Smith | April 13, 2012, 5:33am PDT At approximately 11am local time yesterday, Internet users around China reported significant Internet blackouts. Not only were they unable to access some Chinese sites, but also many foreign Web sites that had not previously been blocked. The issue was not isolated to China. Web users in Hong Kong and Japan also reported issues with accessing Chinese sites. A number of explanations immediately came to light, with the most viable cause being the 8.7 magnitude earthquake in Indonesia on Wednesday, that might have...
  • Neil Heywood death: Bo Xilai's son 'escorted from his home near Harvard university by US officials'

    04/13/2012 4:32:27 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 04/13/12 | Raf Sanchez, Boston, Jon Swaine in Washington and Matthew Holehouse
    Neil Heywood death: Bo Xilai's son 'escorted from his home near Harvard university by US officials' The son of the Chinese power couple embroiled in the scandal over British businessman Neil Heywood's death was escorted from his home by US officials, as experts said he could obtain asylum in America. By Raf Sanchez, Boston, Jon Swaine in Washington and Matthew Holehouse 10:00PM BST 13 Apr 2012 Bo Guagua, the Harrow- and Oxford-educated son of Bo Xilai, was slipped out of his luxury flat near Harvard University late on Thursday night, in a pre-arranged pick-up by law-enforcement officers. Wearing a dark...
  • Fans of Bo Xilai rally to ousted chief in China

    04/13/2012 4:28:00 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies
    WP ^ | 04/14/12 | Andrew Higgins
    Fans of Bo Xilai rally to ousted chief in China By Andrew Higgins, Saturday, April 14, 4:28 AM HONG KONG — With China’s propaganda apparatus in overdrive as the Communist Party demolishes the reputation of one of its former stars, a few defiant and angry fans are sticking to their guns. “We support the Chongqing Model and Bo Xilai,” declared a call to arms posted on the Web site of the Progress Society, a pugnacious “new left” fraternity that trumpets the ousted Chongqing Party boss as a hero. Its logo features a panda wearing a Mao cap and clutching a...
  • China braces for next act in leadership drama

    04/13/2012 4:22:19 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 04/11/12 | Chris Buckley and Benjamin Kang Lim
    China braces for next act in leadership drama By Chris Buckley and Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING | Wed Apr 11, 2012 6:02pm EDT (Reuters) - "We can't keep a lid on this," China's disgraced leader Bo Xilai was reportedly told by his police chief when the murder scandal now engulfing Bo's family first began to unravel. With a once-in-a-decade leadership handover months away, the Communist Party's elite must be thinking the same thing as they confront the first very public turmoil at the centre of power in more than 20 years. Revelations about the former Chongqing party chief issued by...
  • China puts on show of might over Bo Xilai’s military allies

    04/13/2012 8:31:58 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies
    WP ^ | 04/13/12 | Kathrin Hille
    China puts on show of might over Bo Xilai’s military allies By Kathrin Hille, Published: April 13 BEIJING — Half of last week was a public holiday in China, but it was a busy week in the barracks. In many military bases and academies, political education sessions were scheduled at short notice to hammer home the message of the Communist Party’s absolute leadership over the armed forces. “Everyone knows it’s about Bo Xilai, but we’re not supposed to talk about it,” said a young officer. As the party leadership scrambled this month to decide whether to strip the former Chongqing...
  • Fearful Final Hours for Briton in China

    04/12/2012 11:31:17 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    WSJ ^ | 04/12/12 | JEREMY PAGE
    Fearful Final Hours for Briton in China The day before his death in the fog-shrouded Chinese city of Chongqing, Neil Heywood sensed that something was amiss. The British businessman had been summoned on short notice to a meeting in Chongqing in early November with representatives of the family of Bo Xilai, the local Communist Party chief, according to an account by a friend whom Mr. Heywood contacted at the time. Mr. Heywood told the friend he was "in trouble." After he flew to Chongqing, he tried to telephone his usual contacts but couldn't get through to any of them, according...
  • Communist paper urges unity after China scandal

    04/12/2012 8:38:44 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    AFP ^ | 04/12/12
    Communist paper urges unity after China scandal AFP – 9 hrs ago. China's top Communist Party newspaper on Thursday urged the country to unite behind the ruling party, as it seeks to minimise the fallout from the high-profile purge of top leader Bo Xilai. A front-page commentary in the People's Daily -- mouthpiece of the party -- urged Chinese people to "fully understand the great significance" of rising star Bo's suspension from the party, which had provoked "strong reactions". "Chinese people should firmly support the correct decision, and unite around the (party leadership) to push forward the cause of socialism...
  • China leadership succession back to old disorderly self

    04/12/2012 8:30:42 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | 04/12/12 | Brian Rhoads
    China leadership succession back to old disorderly self By Brian Rhoads HONG KONG (Reuters) - A rising star is ejected from China's Politburo and faces trial for violations of Communist Party discipline. His wife is in custody, suspected of murdering a British national. So much for an orderly transition of power. Just weeks ago, the pending retirement of Chinese president and Communist Party Chief Hu Jintao to the younger generation headed by anointed leader to be Xi Jinping had appeared headed for a quiet repeat of 2002. That year, Hu took the reins from Jiang Zemin in what was hailed...
  • China deletes 210,000 online posts 'to halt rumours'(& shut down 42 sites)

    04/12/2012 8:23:12 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    AFP ^ | 04/12/12
    China deletes 210,000 online posts 'to halt rumours' China has closed 42 websites and deleted more than 210,000 posts since mid-March in a crackdown on online "rumours", state media said Thursday, as a major political scandal rocked the country. The three-line announcement on the official Xinhua news agency came as Chinese authorities ramped up efforts to control online speculation about the purge of a top leader whose wife is suspected in the murder of a British businessman. It did not refer to this week's dramatic developments surrounding the high-profile and populist former leader Bo Xilai, who was sacked as Chongqing...
  • Fall of China official roils Chongqing, with some public dissent (Bo has widespread support)

    04/11/2012 7:25:25 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    LAT ^ | 04/11/12 | Jonathan Kaiman
    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...
  • China ejects Bo from elite ranks, wife suspected of murder

    04/10/2012 11:55:14 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 04/11/12 | Chris Buckley and Benjamin Kang Lim
    China ejects Bo from elite ranks, wife suspected of murder By Chris Buckley and Benjamin Kang Lim | Reuters – 9 hrs ago BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Communist Party has suspended former high-flying politician Bo Xilai from its top ranks and named his wife a suspect in the murder of a British businessman, a dramatic turn in a scandal shaking leadership succession plans. The decision to banish Bo from the Central Committee and its Politburo effectively ends the career of China's brashest and most controversial politician, widely seen as pressing for a top post in China's next leadership to be...
  • 'Jackie Kennedy of China' at Center of Political Drama (Mr&Mrs Bo, Mr Wang,and Dead Brit)

    04/09/2012 8:06:14 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    WSJ ^ | 04/09/12 | JEREMY PAGE, BRIAN SPEGELE and STEVE EDER
    'Jackie Kennedy of China' at Center of Political Drama By JEREMY PAGE, BRIAN SPEGELE and STEVE EDER The wife of sacked Communist Party official Bo Xilai made quite an impression when she showed up in Mobile, Ala., 15 years ago with her young son in tow. Denver lawyer Ed Byrne, whom she had hired to represent Chinese companies embroiled in a legal mess in U.S. federal court, was struck by her brains, charm and beauty. Gu Kailai, he says, seemed like the "Jackie Kennedy of China." Gu Kailai was close to a British businessman who died mysteriously. . The business...
  • Chinese government tells military to ignore internet in wake of coup talk

    04/09/2012 7:59:32 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 04/06/12
    Chinese government tells military to ignore internet in wake of coup talk Regime's jitters evident in thinly veiled reference by army newspaper to rumours that prompted crackdown on chat sites Reuters guardian.co.uk, Friday 6 April 2012 06.51 BST Article history The Chinese army has been ordered to ignore internet rumours and stick to Communist party ideology as the leadership under Hu Jintao (above) prepares to anoint its successors. Photograph: Prin Samrang/EPA China's top military newspaper has told troops to ignore rumours on the internet and steel themselves for "ideological struggle" – an apparent reference to talk of a coup as...
  • China shuts Maoist sites amid political crisis

    04/07/2012 7:36:34 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    Indian Express ^ | 04/08/12
    China shuts Maoist sites amid political crisis Beijing, Sun Apr 08 2012, 00:54 hrs Chinese authorities have ordered a leading pro-Maoist website shut down for one month because of critical essays posted on it, the website’s founder said, amid the country’s worst high-level political crisis in years. The move comes after the firing of a once high-flying official, who promoted Mao Zedong-era songs and stories. Han Deqiang, founder of the leftist website Utopia, said police ordered that it be shut down because of content that criticized the Communist Party, its leaders and an upcoming party congress. The shutdown took effect...
  • Bo Xilai Purged in China’s Communist Party Shakeup

    03/20/2012 8:04:07 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 24 replies
    New American ^ | 3-20-12 | William F. Jasper
    Many China watchers were stunned by the announcement of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee on March 15 that prominent Party leader Bo Xilai had been removed from his post. For the past several years, Bo Xilai was a rising star in Communist China’s firmament. Many western observers have speculated that he would one day be China’s “paramount leader.” As Party Secretary governing Chongqing (formerly Chungking), a sprawling megalopolis of 30 million people, Bo appeared to be on the way up. He was a member of the national 24-member governing Politburo and was expected by many to be...
  • China says crusading police chief spent day in US consulate amid asylum bid speculation

    02/10/2012 2:27:55 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies · 1+ views
    WP ^ | 02/10/12
    China says crusading police chief spent day in US consulate amid asylum bid speculation By Associated Press, Updated: Friday, February 10, 6:36 PM BEIJING — Beijing says a celebrity police chief linked to one of the country’s rising political stars spent a day in a U.S. consulate in southwestern China amid speculation that he sought political asylum. The U.S. State Department confirmed that former Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun visited the consulate in the city of Chengdu, but gave no details. The Foreign Ministry spokesman’s office said that Wang entered the consulate on Monday and “remained there for one day.”...
  • Mystery deepens over high-ranking Chinese deputy mayor and his supposed defection to the U.S.

    02/09/2012 6:38:42 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    National Post ^ | 02/09/12 | Michael Martina
    Mystery deepens over high-ranking Chinese deputy mayor and his supposed defection to the U.S. Reuters Feb 9, 2012 – 9:40 AM ET | Last Updated: Feb 9, 2012 9:42 AM ET By Michael Martina The United States said Thursday a former Chinese police chief rumoured to have tried to defect had visited one of its consulates, fuelling a political intrigue analysts say may signal a power struggle in China. The mysterious consular incident in southwest China has cast an unwelcome spotlight on Bo Xilai, a former commerce minister jostling to join the Communist Party’s inner circle, but muted reaction in...