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The Myth of China’s “Meritocracy”

From the time of Sun Yat-sen, through the turbulent Mao years and now into China’s modern economic boom years, The Economist traces the thoughts of several “admirers” and challenges the meritocratic label that...

NPC Paving Way for Bo Xilai Trial

The South China Morning Post reported Tuesday that The National People’s Congress will likely strip Bo Xilai of his membership next week, which would revoke the disgraced former Chongqing party chief’s legal immunity...

Wang Lijun Charged

In February, Wang Lijun’s visit to the US consulate in Chengdu knocked over the first domino in the largest and most publicized political scandal that China has seen in decades. Since the ex-vice-mayor and police chief...

Bo Supporters Drawing Battle Lines Within the CCP

With Gu Kailai’s murder trial and conviction yesterday, leftist allies of disgraced former Chongqing party chief Bo Xilai remain adamant that he and his wife are victims of a conspiracy to curb his political rise and have...

The Case for The “Chongqing Model?”

With all eyes on Hefei for the murder trial of Gu Kailai on Thursday, and with speculation swirling over the likely fate of her husband and former Chongqing party chief Bo Xilai, Foreign Policy’s Kevin Lu looks beyond the...

Railroad Court Drama Looms

One of China’s highest-ranking officials to face corruption charges, ousted Railway Minister Liu Zhijun is soon to face trial. From James T. Areddy at The Wall Street Journal: State media in recent days have begun running new...

New Details on Cases Facing Bo Family

Following the announcement last week of homicide charges against Gu Kailai, the wife of disgraced politician Bo Xilai is expected to be tried soon for the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood. The official Xinhua news...

Gu Kailai and the Rise of Elite Insecurity

Reaching back into the days of Mao, The Diplomat’s Minxin Pei ponders what the murder charges brought against Gu Kailai say about the political security of China’s top leaders: Some observers may object by saying...

Bo, Murder and the Future of the CCP

For the Financial Times Magazine, Jamil Anderlini traces the rise and fall of former Chongqing party boss and Politburo Standing Committee hopeful Bo Xilai, and the tightrope the party must walk now as they decide how to deal...

Source: Bo Xilai “is Denying Everything”

The Telegraph’s Tom Phillips reports that disgraced former Chongqing party chief Bo Xilai has denied involvement in or knowledge of the events surrounding the death of British businessman Neil Heywood, according to a...

Bo Xilai and The Cultural Revolution

As China’s top leaders decide the fate of disgraced former Chongqing party chief and one-time Politburo Standing Committee hopeful Bo Xilai, and as observers debate his legacy, Chris Buckley looks back to Bo’s...

Report: Gu Kailai Confesses to Heywood Murder

The Asahi Shimbun is reporting that Gu Kailai has confessed to killing British businessman Neil Heywood to keep him from revealing the details of her large and illegal overseas remittances, according to Chinese Communist Party...

Frenchman With Ties to Bo Arrested in Cambodia

The French foreign ministry confirmed on Tuesday that Cambodian police have arrested Patrick Henri Devillers, the architect who has become linked to the Bo Xilai scandal due to his alleged business ties to Gu Kailai. From The...

Lessons Learned, Chongqing Looks Ahead

Three months after replacing Bo Xilai as Chongqing party chief following his dismissal over allegations of corruption and a cover-up of his wife’s role in the death of British businessman Neil Heywood, Vice Premier Zhang...

NYT: New Version of Bo-Wang Showdown

While the Communist Party determines how to finish off Bo Xilai, The New York Times’ Edward Wong relays a new account of the events surrounding the fallout between Bo and his former police chief, Wang Lijun, events which...

Zhang Ziyi Denies Bo Rumours

Actress Zhang Ziyi has denied rumours, originating online and spreading to some mainstream media, that she had been barred from leaving China pending investigation by the authorities. Hong Kong’s Apple Daily, as well as...

CCP Casts Out Former Railway Minister

China’s Communist Party has expelled former railway minister Liu Zhijun, who was removed from his post as minister more than a year ago amid allegations of corruption, according to a decision by the Central Commission for...

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