I’ve been following the Bo Xilai story as best I can, which is hard to do in China. At first the details were murky and I couldn’t figure out exactly what is alleged to have happen, but finally The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, The Guardian and others have clearer reports of what’s believed to have gone on.
What’s interesting is how little coverage the story gets here. A month ago CCTV reported that tangentially that several websites had been closed down for “spreading rumors” and that the
I’d just pieced together parts of the story, but now it’s clear that Bo’s wife, Gu Kailai, is implicated in the murder of a British man, Neil Heywood, who was to help her send lots of money overseas. That Bo has tapped the phones used by high ranking CP officials and that although his job was to stop corruption, he was highly corrupt and also imprisoned people who crossed him. An NPR report a month ago mentioned that family members of missing people in his district were afraid to speak out about their missing relatives.
If this happened in the US, people would be talking about it. A lot.
That’s a big difference in living in China. I wouldn’t ask anyone about it as I think I’d be rude or worse. If a student brought this up, I’d be surprised and I’d probably change the subject, though I’ve been quite open about the scallywags in Illinois politics. I also don’t perceive the kind of energy that surfaces in the midst of a scandal. There’s no uptick in gossip that I can detect. Yet as I don’t speak Chinese I wouldn’t know, though I would pick up on the change of energy.
Well, it seems that the CCTV segment that showed that all is well in Mr. Bo’s Chongqing was might be on the money. There was an insipid segment on the news in which a reporter went to a GAP-like store in Chongqing and interviewed the assistant manager and a shopper or two. All said everything was hunky dory. Well, sure. When Blogojevich was on trial it’s not like, people stopped needing new jeans. Yet as I watched the report of how calm it was, made me suspicious. Why would someone report about a calm day?
- Bo Xilai Remains Popular in Megacity He Once Oversaw (voanews.com)
- Bo Xilai ‘spied on China’s president and other top leaders’ (telegraph.co.uk)
- Bo Xilai ‘spied on China leader’ (bbc.co.uk)
- Bo Xilai’s Downfall Tied to Wiretapping of Chinese Leaders (rendezvous.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Bo Gua Gua, son of Bo Xilai, speaks out (itv.com)
- Son of Bo Xilai defends his record, lifestyle at Harvard (sacbee.com)
- Beijing Police Officer Quits the Party After Bo Xilai Ouster (theepochtimes.com)
- I don’t own a Ferrari: Bo Xilai’s son defends himself in letter (thestar.com)
- Statement of Bo Xilai’s son on Harvard paper (fmnnow.com)
- The Bo Xilai Crisis: A Curse Or A Blessing for China? | Cheng Li | Brookings | 18 April 2012 (brookings.edu)
- Bo Xilai insider goes public (1oneday.wordpress.com)
- Son of Bo Xilai denies wild parties and Ferrari at university (telegraph.co.uk)
- Bo Gua Gua, son of Bo Xilai, breaks his silence (itv.com)
- Disgraced Bo Xilai Accused of Airline Disaster (theepochtimes.com)
- NYT: Bo Xilai Was Wiretapping The Chinese President (businessinsider.com)