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Bo Xilai Trial: Liveblog

The long-awaited trial of fallen Chongqing Party chief Bo Xilai for bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power concluded on Monday after five days, three more than expected. The date of the verdict’s announcement has yet to...

Bo Trial a Pivotal Moment for Economic Reform

As the erasure of Bo Xilai’s legacy continues and his trial for bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power looms, Benjamin Kang Lim and Ben Blanchard report that division over Bo’s fate may be holding back economic and...

Sources: Bo Xilai to Plead Guilty

Sources tell Benjamin Kang Lim and Ben Blanchard of Reuters that disgraced former Chongqing party chief Bo Xilai has agreed to plead guilty at a trial likely to take place within a few weeks: “Bo Xilai had initially...

China’s Chengguan Caught in a Vicious Cycle

Chengguan, or members of China’s various Urban Administrative Law Enforcement Bureaus, have long been known to take a heavy hand in doling out their power on unlicensed street vendors. So far this year, abusive chengguan...

Yu Hua: “In China, Power is Arrogant”

For The New York Times, guest columnist and prominent Chinese author Yu Hua laments the inconsistency and lack of transparency in the laws imposed by the Chinese government: If the central government’s decrees are opaque, local...

Reflections on Chongqing

Among the stories being revisited in Chongqing following Bo Xilai’s fall from power is that of Beijing lawyer Li Zhuang, imprisoned after his own clients were coerced into falsely accusing him. At Economic Observer, Li...

Bo Allegations Raise Dangerous Questions For CCP

After the Friday announcement that former Chongqing party chief Bo Xilai had been expelled from the Communist Party and will face criminal prosecution, The New York Times reports that his youngest son, princeling Bo Guagua,...

After Wang, Bo Xilai Awaits his Fate

Wang Lijun’s sentencing to 15 years in prison once again raises questions over the fate of his former boss, Bo Xilai, whose whereabouts remain unknown. Keith B. Richburg at The Washington Post tries to unscramble Bo’s...

Wang Lijun Sentenced to 15 Years

Xinhua reports that former Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun has been sentenced to fifteen years in prison “for bending the law for selfish ends, defection, abuse of power and bribe-taking”. Wang, the former vice...

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