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Bo Xilai Scandal

Why China's Leaders See Corruption as a Mortal Threat

Daniel A. Bell | Posted 04.19.2015 | World
Daniel A. Bell

BEIJING -- Corruption in a democracy doesn't mean the political system is not democratic. In contrast, China prides itself on being a political meritocracy that selects and promotes leaders with superior ability and virtue. The value of meritocracy is central to Chinese political culture. The higher the level of political corruption, the less meritocratic the political system. Hence, the regime will lack legitimacy if its leaders are seen to be corrupt.

The Bo Xilai Verdict: Move Along, Nothing to See Here

John Wagner Givens | Posted 11.13.2013 | World
John Wagner Givens

Bo's trial is a political event; his crimes are the same as those committed by almost all Chinese politicians, and were selected for the sake of convenience. As such, the trial tells us next to nothing about rule of law in China.

Bo Xilai Calls Wife 'Insane' After Damning Testimony

Reuters | Posted 10.23.2013 | World

By John Ruwitch JINAN, China, Aug 23 (Reuters) - Fallen Chinese politician Bo Xilai called his wife insane after she testified at his ...

Shamed Chinese Politician: I Was Framed

Reuters | Posted 10.22.2013 | World

(Adds details) By John Ruwitch JINAN, China, Aug 22 (Reuters) - Fallen politician Bo Xilai put up a feisty defence on T...

2013: The Year Of The Comeback?

The Huffington Post | Posted 12.29.2012 | World

There is something about comebacks: they always happen when you least expect it. Nicolas Sarkozy ended his first and only presidential term as Fran...

Newspaper: High-Profile Businessman Killed In China Had Spy Links

Eline Gordts | Posted 11.06.2012 | World

A businessman who was murdered in China last year had ties to the British secret service, the Wall Street Journal claimed on Tuesday. Neil Heywood...

'Bo Lost That Game, That's All'

Reuters | Posted 11.29.2012 | World

By Ben Blanchard CHONGQING, China, Sept 30 (Reuters) - China's campaign to bury fallen politician Bo Xilai under a litany of alleged ...

Bo Scandal 'Isolated Case'

Reuters | Posted 07.24.2012 | World

By Benjamin Kang Lim and Chris Buckley BEIJING, May 25 (Reuters) - Chinese President Hu Jintao has demanded senior Communist Party off...

Bo Xilai: China's Newt Gingrich?

John Wagner Givens | Posted 06.27.2012 | World
John Wagner Givens

Prior to the scandal, Bo Xilai was the closest thing the Chinese Communist Party had to a Western media darling. But if Bo looks familiar to Western eyes it is because he embodied much of the worst of Western politicians.

Bo Xilai Revelations Are Chinese "Glasnost"

Nathan Gardels | Posted 06.24.2012 | World
Nathan Gardels

China naysayers are revelling in the avalanche of revelations about the extensive corruption of Bo Xilai's family network. In doing so, they are missing the much larger, and more historically significant, course correction taking place: the advent of Chinese glasnost.