Former Central Military Commission (CMC) Vice Chairman Guo Boxiong is rumored to be under investigation for corruption. The rumor remains only that, but the censors have still stanched discussion. A leaked directive orders websites to root out the rumor, while Guo’s name is a banned search term on Weibo.
Posts with nothing but Guo’s biographical information are being deleted. It seems Guo is being scrubbed from Weibo, as this deleted post evidences:
樊潇洁: I’m going to try posting this: GUO BO XIONG. Let’s see if it gets deleted.
我试发一下：郭 伯 雄 。看看会不会被删。
In another deleted post, one user links yesterday’s massive delays at both of Shanghai’s international airports to an alleged get-away attempt:
伊莲娜月光手帕: They Say This Is Why the Shanghai Airports Shut Down: A high-ranking military officer from a certain country dressed as a woman and used a fake passport to try to flee. He was caught by customs. His rank is about the same as Not-Bo. I don’t think this is nonsense–he’s an important person.
Bo Xilai’s surname (薄 Bó) is also the character for “thin” (báo). Xu Caihou’s first name includes the character for “thick” (厚 hòu). Thus Xu is “Not-Bo.” Xu is also a former vice chair of the CMC, and is now being investigated for graft.
One Weibo user has taken the opportunity to tell a cautionary tale about Guo Boquan, Guo Boxiong’s younger brother and the head of Liquan County, Shaanxi. The younger Guo was reportedly fond of the mantra [Chinese], “I can speak with the vice chairman of the CMC. Can the governor do that?”
和尚搭伞: The story of Guo Boxiong: Guo had a younger brother named Guo Boquan who was the county head of Such-and-Such. Boquan was rather arrogant, and once boasted, “Who cares about the governor? I can speak with the vice chairman of the Central Military Commission. Can the governor do that?” The moral: Upbringing is important. Learn a little history and you’ll know that this is a classic case of no zuo no die and of screwing yourself over!
The deleted Weibo posts above have been archived by FreeWeibo.