Badiucao (巴丢草): Problem Solved
For his latest cartoon for CDT, Badiucao comments on the recent death of former Central Military Commission General Xu Caihou, who was under investigation for corruption. The official announcement declared that Xu died on March 15 of bladder cancer; however, some have raised questions about the timing of his death, and whether the government chose to delay the announcement in order to avoid distracting public attention from the annual National People’s Congress meetings.
Xu’s expulsion from the Party in 2014 and investigation marked one of the highest-level cases in Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign, which has recently focused on corruption within the military. Xu’s death means any secrets he held about corrupt behavior in the armed forces and top levels of the Party have gone to the grave with him and will not be revealed in a trial. In the cartoon, Xi is seen embracing a haloed Xu, with the caption, “Problem solved.”
Problem Solved, by Badiucao for CDT:
Read also a CDT Q&A with Badiucao in which he discusses his artistic and personal influences. All Badiucao cartoons for CDT are available here. See also exclusive CDT t-shirts with a Badiucao design, for sale on our Zazzle store.