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Thursday, February 09, 2012

Troubles for Bo Xalai's protege?

The last time I posted something about Bo Xalai, it was about his apparently imminent rise to the Politburo Standing Committee. The latest news might indicate a "Whoops" in that promotion.

Chongqing policeman Wang Lijun mystery deepens
The mystery surrounding one of China's top police chiefs has deepened after the US government confirmed he visited one of its consulates...

Wang Lijun gained national recognition after spearheading a crackdown on organised crime in Chongqing.

But he was removed from his post and is now on leave because of "stress"...

The incident could have ramifications for Mr Wang's boss, Bo Xilai, who appears poised to become one of China's top national leaders later this year.

Mr Bo has been one of China's most high-profile politicians of late, launching a campaign that praised the virtues of the country's communist past, as well as the crime crackdown...

Wang Lijun, 52, headed an attack on organised crime in Chongqing that saw hundreds of people arrested, including the former head of the city's judicial authorities.
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At 8:24 AM, Blogger Ken Wedding said...

Trouble for Bo Xalai?


"[I]n Chongqing, the Communist Party’s secretive, stage-managed process of installing a new generation of leaders has become a more open and sometimes brutal contest, with fortunes of leaders of broadly different inclinations at stake...

"The main player is the region’s powerful party secretary, Bo Xilai, the closest China has to a Western-style politician...

"But Mr. Bo’s chances have suffered a serious blow because of an unfolding corruption scandal involving Wang Lijun, the man he recruited as Chongqing’s top law enforcement officer..."

At 8:29 AM, Blogger Ken Wedding said...

Chinese leader Bo Xilai's meeting absence creates stir

"Speculation about the make-up of China's next group of top leaders has intensified after a high-profile politician appeared to miss a key meeting.

"Bo Xilai, the Communist Party chief of Chongqing city, was not in his usual seat at a session of China's annual parliament.

"He was expected to gain a senior post in the party reshuffle this year.

"But a scandal involving his police chief has tarnished his reputation…"

At 8:37 AM, Blogger Ken Wedding said...

Chinese official speaks out as rumors, intrigue swirl

"Bo Xilai, the colorful yet controversial Communist Party chief whose political fortunes have been the subject of fervent speculation, said Friday he was not under investigation and denied having offered to resign after his longtime right-hand man was detained as part of a reported corruption probe…

''Wang Lijun is now being investigated by the relevant central agencies,' Bo said. 'When the results are concluded, they will be released to everyone.'"…

At 7:33 AM, Blogger Ken Wedding said...

Upstart Leader in China Is Ousted From Party Post

"Bo Xilai, the brash Communist Party chief of the Chongqing municipality in China’s southwest, has been removed from his post, an unmistakable sign that recent scandals in that city have put an end to his political ambitions and complicated the national leadership transition that will take place in the fall… "


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