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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...

How to Photograph a Chinese Official

Chinese officials’ sensitivity about appearance has only intensified since sharp-eyed netizens started bringing down officials caught wearing—or even not wearing—luxury watches and other incriminating baubles. Such visible...

Coin of Realm in China Graft: Phony Receipts

The New York Times’ David Barboza describes China’s booming trade in fake fapiao tax receipts: To begin to comprehend China’s vast underground economy, one need only visit this city’s major transportation depots 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...

Bo Xilai Trial Soon, Again

  Former Chongqing Party chief Bo Xilai will soon stand trial, according to South China Morning Post’s Keith Zhai and Choi Chi-yuk, to face charges including embezzling five million yuan and accepting bribes amounting...

Misused Funds In Government Construction Projects

Xinhua reports that a top auditor in China found that 5.8 billion yuan (US$943 million) for  low-income housing had been embezzled in the past year: The goal of the project construction was reached as governmentshave allocated...

Bo Xilai Trial May, May Not Start Monday

The South China Morning Post has poured lukewarm water on earlier reports, originating in state media, that the trial of fallen Chongqing Party Chief Bo Xilai will begin on Monday. When asked by reporters, a spokesman for...

Whistleblowing Retired Official Dies in Custody

A retired official in Hunan was cast into the Party’s notorious shuanggui disciplinary system in August after accusing his successor of embezzling public funds. A month later, Wang Zhongping was dead, and his family...

City Party Chief Fled with Money

Wang Guoqiang, former party chief of a city in northeast China’s Liaoning province, has fled to the United States with his family members and, reportedly, with millions of dollars too. From BBC: Local officials said Mr...

China Targets Corruption With Expense Crackdown

Melinda Liu of the Daily Beast reports on China’s crackdown on “naked officials” leaking embezzled funds overseas. At least $50 billion is thought to have left the country this way between 1978 and 2003,...

Flee China, Jailed Ng Tells Wife

Australian businessman Matthew Ng lost his appeal in China and has been sentenced to 11.5 years in prison on charges of embezzlement and corruption. Upon hearing his sentence, Ng, founder of Et-China travel company, told his...

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