Important for observers looking for clues if the Communist Party were to implode:
Sign of cracks within by threatening the central organisation or rather; signs of ultra-red nationalism?
Am inclined to think both. Threats of corruption seem the standard ruse to distract.
Cheng Xiaonong: “Corruption is only an on-the-table excuse for CCP’s handling of Bo and Wang. The real reason behind it is Bo’s challenging of CCP’s centralization. Bo broke the rules embodied by over-stepping the power line and other improper acts to the CCP.”
For more, see:
Financial Times: The humbling of Bo Xilai (Feb 13, 2012) to find out how Bo Xilai, one of few frontrunners for a seat of the party’s 9-member politburos standing committee got ‘finished’, perhaps by antagonising too many in the past for mooting for a move back to the culture of the Mao-era
And who’s to benefit from this?
On the opposite end of the red factioned Bo Xilai is Guangdong party secretary Wang Yang (despite the recent Wukan incident though open village democratic elections now start from his province). He seems one in the style of Deng, who favours more political reform to advance. See Want China Times: Bo Xilai’s misfortune could be Wang Yang’s opportunity (Feb 13, 2012)
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Bo Xilai’s Actions Create Visibility of CCP’s Internal Struggle
Source – New Tang Dynasty, Youtube Feb 13, 2012
Chongqing Deputy Mayor Wang Lijun fled to US Consulate offices to seek asylum.
Former Chongqing police chief, Wang Lijun’s Feb 8th political asylum claim was rejected by U.S. Consulate in Chengdu. Wang was escorted by seven CCP senior officials to Beijing on the same day. Wang Lijun is reportedly under investigation by the CCP’s Central Discipline Inspection Commission. And CCP Central Committee has decided to make a full investigation on Bo Xilai, based on Wang’s report.
Cornered and desperate, Bo made repeated moves recently. Read the rest of this entry »
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