Bo Xilai

People's hero

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 11 March, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 11 March, 2010, 12:00am


Bo Xilai has attracted a lot of attention at this week's People's National Congress in Beijing. He is the son of Bo Yibo, one of the mainland's revolutionary elders - one of the so-called 'eight immortals'. After becoming party chief of Chongqing, he carried out a massive anti-corruption campaign. It won him kudos countrywide. The People's Daily newspaper named him 'Man of the Year' in an online poll.


Bo's crackdown on gangs brought down a police chief and dozens of other officials, thrilling the public, which is deeply suspicious of the country's widespread corruption. Many mainlanders hope that he will win a senior place in the party leadership in 2012, when many of the current leaders are due to step down.


Bo is in Beijing this week for the People's National Congress. He was appointed party chief of Chongqing in late 2007. His anti-corruption drive was launched in June of last year.


Chongqing is an inland river city on the Yangtze River. It is one of the world's fastest growing cities, with an estimate population of more than 31 million.


Bo is revered by many rank-and-file mainlanders because he is seen as a selfless upholder of justice.


It's widely thought on the mainland that Bo's clampdown in Chongqing had support from the party leadership, perhaps from President Hu Jintao .