Bo Xilai

Chinese Communist "princeling" Bo Xilai, expected by many to take a key leadership position in the leadership transition of 2012, was expelled from the Communist Party in September after a career that saw him as Mayor of Dalian City, Minister of Commerce and Party Chief of the Chongqing municipality. His wife Gu Kailai received a suspended death sentence in August 2012 for murdering British business partner Neil Heywood. 

Chinese government axes jailed party chief Bo Xilai’s Yangtze dam project

Chinese government axes jailed party chief Bo Xilai’s Yangtze dam project

China's environmental protection ministry has officially overruled a controversial dam project in a critical national fish reserve on the Yangtze River, widely seen as a pet project of disgraced former Chongqing party chief Bo Xilai.

Thursday, 9 April, 2015, 10:55am 3 comments

China's Supreme Court takes aim at disgraced Zhou Yongkang and Bo Xilai

Speculation is mounting that Zhou Yongkong (left) and Bo Xilai (right) had formed factions to challenge the leadership of the party. Photos: AP, AFP

The Supreme People's Court has for the first time accused disgraced top cadres Zhou Yongkang, Bo Xilai and others of engaging in political activities "not approved" by the Communist Party.

19 Mar 2015 - 10:39am 4 comments

Jinan party chief in corruption probe ‘had ties with Bo Xilai’: report

JInan Communist Party chief Wang Min. Photo: SCMP Pictures

A Communist Party chief in eastern China under investigation for alleged corruption has close links to the jailed former government leader Bo Xilai, according to a magazine report.

3 Feb 2015 - 4:49pm 1 comment

Luxury French villa of jailed Chinese politician Bo Xilai 'up for sale at HK$66 million'

Bo Xilai’s luxurious villa in the south of France – which a mainland court has promised to confiscate – has been put up for sale for €6.95 million (about HK$66 million). Photo: Fine & Country

For sale: French villa with views of the Mediterranean, five bedrooms, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and featured in the high-profile trial of jailed former Politburo member Bo Xilai.

23 Dec 2014 - 3:11am 7 comments

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

Former Chongqing party boss Bo Xilai (left) and former police chief and deputy mayor Wang Lijun spearheaded a crackdown on organised crime. The campaign was lauded but also criticised for its use of "illegal tactics". Photo: Reuters

At least four Chongqing police officers will stand trial later this month on accusations of torturing interrogation suspects during the anti-triad crackdown of Bo Xilai’s former right-hand man.

25 Apr 2014 - 5:38pm 1 comment

2013: the year of talking dangerously

Outspoken personalities from all walks of life dominated the pages of the South China Morning Post during 2013. There was the former American spy agency contractor turned whistle-blower who broke cover in Hong Kong, sparking a global fallout over US government spying; and the Chinese princeling whose public trial for corruption and abuse of power riveted the nation.

30 Dec 2013 - 3:51pm 1 comment

Bo Xilai associate Jiang Feng Dolby resurfaces in TV documentary

Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden (centre) seen with Jiang Feng Dolby in an screenshot from the documentary.

A woman central to the downfall of former Chinese Communist Party Politburo member Bo Xilai has returned to the public spotlight by interviewing the Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf.

13 Dec 2013 - 5:22pm

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

Bo Xilai (left) congratulates Wang Jianlin (centre) and coach Xu Genbao (right) on Wanda football club's championship win in 1998.

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).

7 Dec 2013 - 3:05am 1 comment

Pro-Bo Xilai party not seen as threat in China, but demand for rights

Bo Xilai. Photo: Reuters

A political party formed by followers of ousted politician Bo Xilai does not appear to be a threat to China’s Communist rulers in itself, but is another example of a growing number of citizens speaking up for their rights and the rule of law.

12 Nov 2013 - 2:26pm

Bo Xilai supporters set up new political party despite 'ban'

Bo Xilai during his appeal trial. Photo: Reuters

Supporters of disgraced senior politician Bo Xilai, have set up a political party in a direct challenge to the ruling Communist Party's de facto ban on new political groups.

10 Nov 2013 - 6:15am 1 comment

I hope Bo Xilai has a peaceful life, says first wife Li Danyu

Bo Xilai and first wife Li Danyu. Photo: SCMP

Commenting for the first time since Bo’s trial last month, Li Danyu said she wished her ex-husband a “peaceful life in his later years”, according to friends of the family who met her recently.

26 Oct 2013 - 4:37am

Bo Xilai protests innocence as life sentence for corruption is upheld

A screen grab from CCTV news footage shows Bo Xilai flanked by burly guards during his unsuccessful appeal hearing in Jinan. Photo: AFP

Fallen politician Bo Xilai put on a final act of defiance yesterday after a high court in Shandong rejected his appeal against his life sentence, declaring "I am not guilty" at the final hearing of China's most explosive political case in decades.

26 Oct 2013 - 4:38am 1 comment

Live blog: Bo Xilai leaves court for life imprisonment in elite prison

Bo Xilai seen in court on Friday

Disgraced former Chongqing Communist Party Secretary Bo Xilai has had his appeal against his conviction and subsequent life sentence rejected today at the Shandong High People's Court. 

25 Oct 2013 - 2:34pm 3 comments

In full: Standing eye-to-eye with Bo Xilai

Illustration: Joe Lo

Only a handful of people saw the landmark trial of former Chongqing party boss Bo Xilai first hand. One of them, a mainland lawyer, gives Post readers an insight into what went on in that Jinan courtroom last month.

24 Oct 2013 - 7:00am

Bo Xilai prepares for his 'last stand' against life verdict

Bo Xilai was sentenced to life in prison in September by the Intermediate People’s Court in Jinan. Photo: AFP

Disgraced politician Bo Xilai will make a court appearance on Friday to hear the outcome of his appeal against his conviction on three charges and sentence to life imprisonment last month, according to sources.

22 Oct 2013 - 12:26pm