1 April, 2015 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile





mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 04/11/2012
CHINA
Bo Xilai expelled from the Party, wife suspected of murder
by Wang Zhicheng
Bo implicated in murder of Briton, Neil Heywood, a family friend, who was later killed by Bo’s wife. Rumors of a coup. The People's Daily calls for Party "unity" and reaffirms it’s his "holiness" and "purity." The internal struggle for power in anticipation of the Party Congress. Plots similar to those of Chen Xitong, Chen Liangyu and Lin Biao.

Beijing (AsiaNews) - Bo Xilai, the former Chongqing Chief, has been expelled from the Communist Party of China and placed under investigation, but his wife is officially suspected of murdering a British citizen Neil Heywood, who died last November in Chongqing .

A brief statement from Xinhua says that Bo Xilai "is suspected of being involved in serious breaches of discipline" and that is why the Party Central Committee has decided to expel him.

The fall of Bo Xilai (pictured with his wife and son) is one of the most spectacular political dramas in China since Tiananmen. Until a few weeks ago he was seen as a successful man, destined to join the Politburo Standing Committee. His populist campaign to revive Maoism distributing wealth to the poor was shared by several fringes of the party, including several "princes" like Xi Jinping, the heir apparent of President Hu Jintao. In his attempt to "clean Chongqing" of mafia triads, he used illegal methods and even arrested hundreds of party members. At the conclusion of the National Assembly, on 14 March, Premier Wen Jiabao criticized the " Chongqing authorities" for the way in which they dealt with the Wang Lijun case. The former assistant to Bo, who later became his enemy, took refuge for a day in the U.S. consulate in Chengdu (Sichuan) to seek asylum. Taken by police, he was transferred to Beijing and accused of treason. The day after Bo was replaced by Zhang Dejiang, an ally of Hu Jintao and now is publicly disgraced.

The plot thickened even more with rumors about a possible coup that Bo was preparing with the support of some army divisions.

The tension in the party is so strong that today the People's Daily has published an editorial in which calling on all Party members to "firmly support the decisions of the Central Committee." The article explains the expulsion of Bo and his investigation "shows respect for the facts and the law," and shows "the determination of the Party to maintain its purity and a clear position for the Protection of party discipline and laws of the State ". With his attitude, it states, "Bo has seriously violated the party discipline, causing damage to the cause and image of the Party and State."

From the "facts" and "investigations" of Wang Lijun a link between Bo, his family and the death of Neil Heywood has emerged. According to Xinhua, "Bogu Kailai, wife of Comrade Bo Xilai, and their son were on good terms with Heywood. But conflicts of interests became increasingly apparent. From the results of investigations, there is evidence that Heywood died as a result of murder and so we are suspicious of Bogu Kailai and Zhang Xiaojun, a Bo family domestic worker".

Previously, Heywood's death was attributed to alcohol poisoning. Heywood, 41, lived in Beijing with his wife and two children. He was on good terms with the son of Bo, Bo Guagua, helped by Heywood to attend Harrow School in Britain and the John F. Kennedy University in Cambridge (Massachusetts).

Although the Xinhua and the People's Daily continue to emphasize the "holiness" and "purity of the Party", there is no doubt that this plot complete with complex counter-plots, has brought to light the power struggle within the Party in the lead up to the Congress to be held next October which should see the return of seven of the nine members of the Standing Committee of the Party.

Bo Xilai's fall from grace recalls the expulsions and the charges against Chen Xitong, former Party chief in Beijing in 1995, and the party secretary of Shanghai, Chen Liangyu in 2006. But the intrigues are far more complex and the shadow of the murder of Heywood remind one even more the accident that killed Lin Biao, who was suspected of having prepared a coup against Mao. His plane crashed in 1971, while flying to Mongolia. In death he was expelled from the party and accused of treason.

 


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
07/27/2012 CHINA
Bo Xilai’s wife risks the death penalty (or maybe just a few years in prison)
by Wang Zhicheng
08/10/2012 CHINA
Chongqing saga: police and Wang Lijun on trial. Silence on Bo Xilai
by Wang Zhicheng
07/25/2013 CHINA
Bo Xilai trial set for August, charges of corruption and above all, of defying Beijing
by Wang Zhicheng
08/26/2013 CHINA
'No mercy' for Bo Xilai, who accuses Wang Lijun of being his wife Gu Kailai’s lover
by Wang Zhicheng
08/11/2012 CHINA
Chongqing Saga: Bo Xilai’s wife accepts murder charges

Editor's choices
IRAN
Time for a deal with Tehran, a reliable partner against the Islamic State group
by Bernardo Cervellera A framework agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue has to be inked by 31 March. US Republicans, Israel and Saudi Arabia are fiercely opposed to it for ulterior motives. Hassan Rouhani wants Iran to come back into the international fold. Tehran is playing a mediating role in the Middle East. For Vatican nuncio, “there is no evidence that Iran is preparing a nuclear bomb.”
CHINA - VATICAN
BREAKING NEWS: Chinese police seize two priests in Mutanjiang
by Bernardo Cervellera
CHINA-VATICAN
Nothing to toast between China and the Vatican: Beijing wants complete control
by Bernardo CervelleraFor the Global Times (the People's Daily) China does not like the "Vietnamese model" of agreed episcopal ordinations. The Chinese Foreign Ministry’s embarrassment in front of the Holy See’s countless efforts. China wants the Vatican to accept all excommunicated bishops and to keep silent on those who are underground and imprisoned. The case of Msgr. Cosma Shi Enxiang. Without religious freedom, diplomatic relations are pointless. The work of mission and the unity of Catholics in China. A task for Xi Jinping: implement the anti-corruption campaign in the Ministry of Religious Affairs and the Patriotic Association, which have grown rich over the decades on the backs of Christians.

Dossier

by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.