1 November, 2014 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


» 09/28/2012
CHINA
Party expels Bo Xilai, announces congress date
by Chen Weijun
Bo's "actions created grave repercussions, and massively damaged the reputation of the party and the state," Xinhua reports. Forensic scientist casts doubts on the official version of British businessman's death. Party congress set for 8 November.

Beijing (AsiaNews) - Bo Xilai, former Chongqing party chief, has been expelled from the Communist Party of China (CPC) over kickbacks and his links to the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood, which led to the conviction of his wife and of his former right hand man. The party also decided to refer his case to the proper legal authorities for trial.

The official Xinhua news agency published the party's statement. Bo, the latter said, "abused his powers of office, committed serious errors and bears a major responsibility". His "actions created grave repercussions, and massively damaged the reputation of the party and the state".

Through s combination of populism, statism and Maoist revival, Bo was rising to the top of the party's echelon, and was expected to join the Central Committee of the Politburo.

When Bo's wife, Gu Kailai, had British businessman poisoned, there was a falling out with his right hand man, Chongqing Public Security Bureau (PSB) Chief Wang Lijun.

According to Xinhua's report on the murder, Wang first tried to cover up the murder; then confronted Bo with it, who rebuked and slapped him.

Fearing for his life, Wang fled to Chengdu, asking for asylum at the US Consulate, where he revealed what had happened.

At this point, China's leaders could not pull back. Wang and Gu Kailai were taken into custody and Bo was forced to resign, revealing one of the worst scandals of the past 30 years.

Bo Xilai's name was never mentioned during the trials involving Gu and Wang (and four accomplices, all police officers), who were respectively sentenced to death (suspended) for the murder and 15 years in prison for the cover-up. Only during Wang Lijun's trial was Bo indirectly cited as the former Chongqing party chief.

Complicating matters, a Chinese forensic scientist has cast doubt on the official version of the death of the British businessman, especially the use of cyanide. She said that no evidence of poisoning was presented, nor was the autopsy report made public. From what was said, she concluded that the body did not show any sign of cyanide poisoning.

Many people in China believe that Bo was the victim of a plot designed to remove him and his supporters from Chinese politics.

"Bo did a lot of good things," a source told AsiaNews, "including doggedly going after organised crime syndicates in Chongqing. Did he make some mistakes? Who hasn't? I think they set him up."

In an editorial, Xinhua dismissed such allegations, calling them nonsense, insisting that the party is putting its house in order.

Meanwhile, after months of waiting, the Communist Party announced the date of its 18th congress, set to start on 8 November.

If everything goes according to script, the party's 'fifth generation' should take over with Xi Jinping replacing Hu Jintao and Li Keqiang doing the same for Wen Jiabao.

A turnover in personnel is also expected when the People's National Congress meets in March 2013.

Thus, the party will be able to continue its rule.

 


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
08/11/2012 CHINA
Chongqing Saga: Bo Xilai’s wife accepts murder charges
08/10/2012 CHINA
Chongqing saga: police and Wang Lijun on trial. Silence on Bo Xilai
by Wang Zhicheng
08/09/2012 CHINA
“Trial of the century" begins (and ends) against Gu Kailai
by Bernardo Cervellera
07/18/2012 CAMBODIA - CHINA
French architect linked to Bo Xilai in China to testify in trial against former Chongqing party boss
09/28/2012 CHINA
Bo Xilai is the quintessence of a Chinese Communist
by Bao Tong

Editor's choices
IRAQ - ITALY
Letter from Archbishop of Mosul: Thank you for your aid, supporting the plight of refugees
by Amel NonaThe donations made through the "Adopt a Christian from Mosul" campaign are used to buy food, warm clothes, blankets for refugees and rent houses or caravans given the early onset of winter and. Two women have defended their Christian faith before the Islamist militants who wanted to convert them, despite the threat of death. A refugee among refugees, Msgr. Nona discovers a new way of being a pastor.
IRAQ - ITALY
Almost 700,000 euros raised as the 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul' campaign continues
by Bernardo CervelleraA second instalment is sent with funds raised in September. The fate of East-West relations is being played out in the Middle East and Iraq. Pope Francis and the Synod issue an appeal. Governments are lukewarm. Aid is coming from around the world. A new international community is defeating the "globalisation of indifference."
IRAQ-VATICAN
"Adopt a Christian from Mosul": Archbishops’ thanks as first aid arrives
by Amel NonaMsgr. Amel Nona, the Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul, who is also a refugee himself, thanks all the donors to the AsiaNews campaign. The situation is increasingly difficult given the huge number of refugees and the arrival of winter and snow, making outdoor shelters and tents impossible. The crisis, an occasion that activates the faith 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.