Hexie Farm (蟹农场): Chongqing Hotpot

For his latest contribution to the Hexie Farm CDT series, cartoonist Crazy Crab takes on the hottest political story of the day: the dismissal of former Chongqing Party Secretary Bo Xilai and the investigation of his wife, Gu Kailai, for the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood. Hotpot is a spicy specialty, in which several ingredients are cooked in a huge pot in the center of the table. “ Hotpot” has also become a coded name for Bo Xilai among netizens.

Chongqing Hotpot, by Crazy Crab of Hexie Farm for CDT:

Caption: “Ha! Red songs, Mafia, Court trial, Naked official, Spy agent, Murder, Court, Treason, Horus*, Tomato**, Kang Shifu***…What else should I add?…”

* Horus is a name used by Gu Kailai when working abroad
** Tomato is a coded word for Bo Xilai
*** Kang Shifu is a coded name for Zhou Yongkang, the country’s security chief who is viewed as an ally of Bo’s.

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