Bo Xilai left the meeting room during the Fifth Session of the 11th National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 9. Photo: the Beijing News
Bo's case shows resilience of rule of law
This is no longer the era where China would rather cover issues up to avoid revealing problems.
CPC Central Committee to investigate into Bo Xilai's serious violations
As Comrade Bo Xilai is suspected of being involved in serious discipline violations, the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) has decided to suspend his membership of the CPC Central Committee Political Bureau and the CPC Central Committee, in line with the CPC Constitution and the rules on investigation of CPC discipline inspection departments.
The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the CPC will file the case for investigation.
Police reinvestigate death of Neil Heywood according to law
Chinese police have set up a team to reinvestigate the case that British citizen Neil Heywood was found dead in Chongqing on Nov. 15, 2011, which was alleged by Wang Lijun who entered, without authorization, the U.S. general consulate in Chengdu on Feb. 6 and stayed there, Xinhua learned from authorities.
Police authorities paid high attention to the case, and set up the team to reinvestigate the case according to law with an attitude to seek truth from facts.
According to investigation results, Bogu Kailai, wife of Comrade Bo Xilai, and their son were in good terms with Heywood. However, they had conflict over economic interests, which had been intensified.
Cai Zhiqiang, a professor on Party building with the Party School of the CPC Central Committee, told the Global Times yesterday that the incident would neither disrupt the Party’s 18th National Congress in fall nor the country’s long-term political and social development.
The selection of our cadre group follows its own path, and wouldn’t be affected by any single incident. Any generation of the Party’s central collective leadership will definitely follow the Party’s line and guiding policies, Cai said.
Source: Xinhua-Global Times
"Believing in the CPC Central Committee"
Trust in Party authority shows social maturity
Believing in the CPC Central Committee has become the norm of the society when the public is in confusion. This has been the guarantee of the cohesion of Chinese society since reform and opening-up began. There's no question that believing in the CPC Central Committee is the biggest ideological and political reality in China.
Wen Jiabao: draw lessons from the case
The incident was seen as giving critics a chance to intensify criticism of Chongqing's development path.
Wen said that the central authorities have taken this matter very seriously and instructed relevant departments to start an investigation immediately.
"Progress has been made in the investigation so far and the issue will be strictly handled based on facts and according to laws," Wen said. "The result of the investigation and how the matter will be dealt with is sure to be made public, which will be able to stand the test of law and history."
Rumors show global potential of diverse Chinese microblogs
China's microblogs have beenbuzzing all week with rumors about the mysterious disappearance of Wang Lijun, vice mayor and former police chief of Chongqing. Authorities have closed ranks over the case, and Western journalists have largely been limited to drawing upon Weibo, China's most popular microblogging service, which has become increasingly common source for news reports on China.
Official reticence only starts more rumors snowballing
In response to Chongqing's vice mayor Wang Lijun entering the US consulate in Chengdu, formal explanations from both the local government and the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs reached just 100 words in total. In recent years, the official statements on sensitive issues have always been severely curtailed. The public has to turn to various rumors and speculations to feed their curiosity for the details.
Voices on Fresh Weibo!
Hu Xijin, Global Times editor-in-chief :
"After the authorities issued a brief release on the Wang Lijun incident, who is receiving "vacation-style treatment" for stress, they have yet to mention it again. Obviously they wanted to downplay the whole thing, but have failed to do so. Bo Xilai, the secretary of the CPC Chongqing Committee, appears in several of the incidents which have been highlighted. The implication made by the authorities was clear and has had some effect. But why have the authorities chosen to implicate something instead of giving a clear and direct statement? Why do we have to make guesses behind the news? I don't know how many people will misunderstand the authorities' meaning. Get out of this habit and make this country more frank if you indeed love China."
"It's been over ten days that former Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun had visited the US consulate in Southwest China and stayed there for a day. I hope the authorities release the progress of their investigation on Wang Lijun as soon as possible. All the members of the Chinese Communist Party have the right to be informed of information on his situation, and so does society. The annual two sessions are coming up, and the deputies must greatly care about his situation. And related departments should express a sense of urgency on this matter. Information disclosure is something China must constantly keep making progress on. I hope the Wang Lijun incident will be a new milestone on this type of progress."
To be honest, I don’t trust the ridiculous rumors I read on the Internet. It was not necessary for the Chinese government to surround US consulate by force. I think the media should be more responsible with their reporting, especially when they cover incidents which the public is highly concerned with.
The Chongqing government should be more cautious on what they say about Wang Lijun. Since the beginning of this incident, the voices from the Chongqing government have always been changing, which makes it hard for them to win the trust of the masses and the media. There is still room for improvement in regards of the management of China’s government over the public relation crisis.
The Chongqing government official said they were to bring Wang back from the US consulate in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, while the US government said Wang just came for a regular meeting there. I don’t know who to trust. I think many people including me want to know the truth and more details of the incident.
|Biographical sketch of Bo Xilai
Bo Xilai, male, ethnic Han, native of Dingxiang, Shanxi Province, born in July 1949. Joined the CPC in October 1980 and began working in January 1968. Graduated from the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, majoring in international journalism. Master of Arts.
1968-1972 Did manual labor in a "study class" during the "cultural revolution"
1972-1978 Worker of the Hardware and Machine Repair Plant under Beijing Second Light Industry Bureau
1978-1979 Undergraduate student majoring in world history at the Department of History of Peking University
1979-1982 Postgraduate student majoring in international journalism at the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
1982-1984 Staff member of the Research Office of the Secretariat and of the General Office of the CPC Central Committee
1984-1988 Served successively as deputy secretary and secretary of the CPC Committee of Jinxian County, Liaoning Province, and secretary of the CPC Committee of Jinzhou District of Dalian City (1985-1988: concurrently as deputy secretary and secretary, of Party Committee of Dalian Economic and Technological Development Area)
1988-1989 Member of the Standing Committee and head of the Publicity Department of the CPC Dalian Municipal Committee, Liaoning Province
1989-1992 Member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Dalian Municipal Committee of Liaoning Province and vice mayor of Dalian City
1992-1993 Deputy secretary of the CPC Dalian Municipal Committee of Liaoning Province and acting mayor of Dalian City
1993-1999 Deputy secretary of the CPC Dalian Municipal Committee of Liaoning Province and mayor of Dalian City
1999-2000 Member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Liaoning Provincial Committee, secretary of the CPC Dalian Municipal Committee and mayor of Dalian City
2000-2001 Deputy secretary of the CPC Liaoning Provincial Committee and acting governor of Liaoning Province
2001-2004 Deputy secretary of the CPC Liaoning Provincial Committee and governor of Liaoning Province
2004-2007 Minister of Commerce, deputy secretary and then secretary of the Leading Party Members' Group of the Ministry of Commerce
2007- Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, and Minister of Commerce and secretary of the Leading Party Members' Group of the Ministry of Commerce
Member of the Sixteenth CPC Central Committees, and member of the Seventeenth CPC Central Committees (till April 10, 2012). Member of the Political Bureau of the Seventeenth CPC Central Committee (till April 10,2012).
As Comrade Bo Xilai is suspected of being involved in serious discipline violations, the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) has decided to suspend his membership of the CPC Central Committee Political Bureau and the CPC Central Committee, in line with the CPC Constitution and the rules on investigation of CPC discipline inspection departments, according to the Xinhua News Agency on April 10, 2012.