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LinkAsia | Oct 5
When former Chongqing mayor and rising Communist Party star Bo Xilai was first indicted for corruption and abuse of power, his name and all associa...
Hi, welcome to LinkAsia. I'm Yul Kwon. This week, we're devoting most of the show to the biggest political shakeup to hit China since the fallout from Tiananmen Square. It sounds like a soap opera. And the star is a wildly popular politician, Bo Xilai. A few weeks ago, he was angling to become one of the nine most powerful leaders in the country -- part of the Politburo Standing Committee. Now, Bo's been suspended from his party posts. And it gets worse. His wife, Gu Kulai is under investigation in the murder of a British businessman, Neil Heywood, last November. Now you’d think that this story would be front-and-center of every news broadcast in China. But on the country's official news network, CCTV, we found the story mentioned only briefly just before the break. Here's how Chinese citizens learned about the latest twist in the Bo Xilai affair.
A former Chongqing municipal party secretary, Bo Xilai, has been charged with serious violations of party discipline. And the central committee of the Communist Party of China has decided to suspend his membership on the central committee and the Politburo. The investigation revealed that Bo's wife, Bo-Gu Kailai, is suspected of being involved in the murder of British citizen, Neil Heywood. And China's public security authorities have set up a special review group to look into the death of Neil Heywood, who died in Chongqing. And on November 15th, 2011, Bo-Gu Kailai and Zhang Xiaojun, a family employee, are suspected of premeditated murder and have been sent for judicial processing.