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  1. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Corruption trials expose roles of the "white gloves" who manage the ill-gotten gains

    Posted Sep 09th 2013, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei xiangwei.wang@scmp.com A corrupt official needs two things: a mistress, and a facilitator to manage the ill-gotten wealth and money-making opportunities for the family White gloves and dirty money The innocuous-sounding euphemism "white gloves" generally refers to a middleman or outfit that launders dirty or corrupt money under a seemingly legitimate front ...

  2. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Myriad reasons behind transparency of Bo Xilai's trial

    Posted Aug 26th 2013, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei xiangwei.wang@scmp.com The remarkable transparency by the court is welcome in its own right, but the leadership appears to have calculated its effect carefully Open trial ... businessman who claimed to have bribed him of "selling his soul", and labelling Wang Lijun , once his right-hand man who later turned against him, as "two-faced". Bo said ...

  3. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    The best way to handle Snowden's case is to help him move to a third country

    Posted Jun 17th 2013, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Snowden's arrival in Hong Kong may have been a PR coup for Beijing, but they will probably be happy to see the back of him On February 06, 2012, Wang Lijun, the former police chief ... to resolve Wang's stay in the consulate have never been made public and both Washington and Beijing were conspicuously quiet over the issue. But it came at a politically sensitive time, just ...

  4. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Shedding some light on the dark world of party discipline

    Posted May 06th 2013, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Lawyers and media commentators say the harsh system known as shuanggui contravenes efforts to push for rule of law In China's uphill battle against rampant corruption, no other Communist Party agency evokes more fear among officials than the Central ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - CHINA BRIEFING

    The frightening implications of Bo Xilai's harsh punishment

    Posted Oct 01st 2012, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei What if his crimes had not been found out? And now that they have, how safe are fellow leaders? The frightening implications of Bo's harsh punishment As a joke ... history. In January, Bo Xilai , the now-disgraced former party secretary of Chongqing, raised his hand to then aide and municipal police chief Wang Lijun after the latter confronted Bo ...

  6. Bo removal may turn up heat in power battle

    Posted Mar 17th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Jiabao. A party insider said members of the current 25-member Politburo who are theoretically eligible for promotion- apart from Wang (56) and Yu (66)- are Vice-Premiers Wang Qishan (63) and Zhang ... are less divided over the promotion of Wang Qishan, Zhang Dejiang, Li Yuanchao, Liu Yandong and Liu Yunshan. 'So there has been fierce competition [among] the four regional party chiefs, Wang ...

  7. News - China - SECURITY

    Four Chongqing policemen to face trial for alleged torture under Bo Xilai’s crime crackdown

    Posted Apr 25th 2014, 04:16pm by MANDY ZUO

    ... police chief Wang Lijun, who later turned against his boss and sparked the biggest political scandal in China’s recent history. The trials mark the first publicly reported re-examination of illegal police practices under the crackdown, which ended in early 2012 with the downfall of Bo and Wang. Previously, evidence of police abuse had been repeatedly presented to the courts during ...

  8. News - China

    Revealed: The heated dispute between Bo Xilai and billionaire Wang Jianlin... over football

    Posted Dec 06th 2013, 12:56pm by Angela Meng

    ... Angela Meng angela.meng@scmp.com Billionaire Wang Jianlin's tense run-in with Bo Xilai Billionaire Wang Jianlin had a heated dispute with fallen politician Bo Xilai over bonuses for football players, with Bo telling Wang: “when I give you an inch, don’t try taking a mile”, according to mainland magazine Blog Weekly (Boke Tianxia). Wang, 59, was China’s richest man until ...

  9. News - China Insider - Live blog

    Bo Xilai's trial (day 5): Wang Lijun defected after exposure of illicit relationship with Gu Kailai, says Bo

    Posted Aug 26th 2013, 08:05am by Staff Reporter

    ... Staff reporter 4.11pm: The presiding judge Wang Xuguang orders Bo to be removed from the court.  4.10pm: Bo praises the court for releasing the trial transcripts on weibo and that it gave ... to the party and the masses." 3.57pm: He again refutes Tang Xiaolin and Wang Zhenggang's testimony, questions their credibility.  3.56pm: Bo says he is responsible for neglecting oversight ...

  10. News - China

    Bo Xilai disputes Wang Lijun's 'debased' evidence

    Posted Aug 25th 2013, 10:08pm by Li Jing

    ... Wang's 'debased' evidence On the fourth day of his corruption trial in Jinan, Shandong province, Bo Xilai continued to dispute the testimony of his former top aide Wang Lijun and his wife Gu Kailai about his handling of Gu's murder of British businessman Neil Heywood.   On Wang's fitness to testify: Bo: It's obvious Wang Lijun has been lying all the time. His ...




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