iOS app Android app

Gu Kailai

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.

Another Woman Taking the Fall as the Dynasty Ruptures in China

Mahlon Meyer | Posted 11.04.2013 | World
Mahlon Meyer

When it is impossible to trust the verdict of a legal system that is in thrall to its politics, we must seek other ways of interpreting its verdicts. We must see its verdicts as a sign of the times. When major changes in governance occur, a powerful woman usually gets offered up as a sacrifice.

Bonfire of the Vanities

Francis Levy | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics
Francis Levy

According to an article in the Times there are seven things Xi Jinping, China's new leader, wants to eliminate ("China Takes Aim at Western Ideas," NY...

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 ...

China in 2013: The Confidence Game

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 02.10.2013 | Business
Tom Doctoroff

Will the fifth generation of leadership led by President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Li Keqiang, signal China remains future-focused? Will they make moves to manage intra-Party conflicts of interest that, to date, have precluded meaningful political and economic reform?

'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 ...

The People's Republic of the Polo Shirt

John Wagner Givens | Posted 11.27.2012 | World
John Wagner Givens

The polo shirt is an example of a Chinese twist on conspicuous consumption. Instead of expensive tailored suits, designer ties and glittering cuff links, nouveau riche Chinese seem content to purchase ever pricier polo shirts.

Gu Kailai Reportedly Suffered From Depression

www.huffingtonpost.com | Posted 08.10.2012 | World

BEIJING — Chinese state media say the wife of the disgraced former Communist Party boss of Chongging was depressed and dependent on medication but w...

The Cultural Revolution Still Haunts China

Eric Margolis | Posted 10.09.2012 | World
Eric Margolis

Two major events in China are sure to shape the world's newest superpower: the sensational murder trial of Madame Gu Kailai, and the top secret leadership conclave at the seaside resort of Beidaihe.

Bo's Wife Reportedly Dressed As Chinese Army General

Reuters | Chris Buckley | Posted 05.01.2012 | World

A woman at the centre of China's biggest political scandal in two decades, wife of deposed political leader Bo Xilai, had once dressed as a military c...

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.

Murder Aside, China Inquiry Puts Couple’s Wealth on Trial

The New York Times | ANDREW JACOBS and MICHAEL WINES | Posted 04.13.2012 | World

What began as a scandal involving the mysterious death of Neil Heywood, the British businessman whose body was found in November in a Chongqing hotel ...

Chinese Mystery: Why Was He Killed?

New York Times | Posted 04.12.2012 | World

BEIJING — At St. Mary’s Church in London’s Thames-side Battersea district, mourners who gathered for Neil Heywood’s memorial service a few day...