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Chongqing scandal

Trying to escape Bo Xilai's shadow: How victims still bear scars

Illustration: Henry Wang

Despite being tortured for 37 days in a Chongqing motel room, businessman Chen Guixue remained defiant.

Friday, 28 December, 2012, 3:08pm

Mysteries surrounding Heywood murder begin to unfold

Gu Kailai (left) visited Wang Lijun (right) when he was working in 2010. Photo: the Southern Metropolis Weekly

An investigative report about China’s most infamous former police officer Wang Lijun by China’s Southern Metropolis Weekly magazine has answered some questions relating to the murder of British businessmen Neil Heywood, whose death precipitated the downfall of China's once powerful and ambitious politician Bo Xilai.

19 Dec 2012 - 5:56pm 2 comments

Inside Bo Xilai's dungeon: victims reveal ruthless torture

Bo Xilai, pictured during a plenary session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in March 2012. Photo: AP

In the first of a four-part series, Revisiting Chongqing, we look at one of the earliest and most high-profile victims of the disgraced party chief's crackdown on so-called gangsters.

20 Aug 2013 - 7:55pm 4 comments

Bo Xilai due to lose prosecution immunity

Bo Xilai: purged

A vote to strip disgraced Chongqing party chief Bo Xilai of national lawmaker status - and clear the way for his criminal prosecution - appeared close at hand yesterday as the National People's Congress's top body convened in Beijing.

24 Oct 2012 - 4:35am

Hotel worker detained for web leak of details on Wang Lijun's trip to Beijing

This frame grab taken from Chinese television CCTV on September 24, 2012 shows former police chief Wang Lijun at trial. Photo: AFP/CCTV

A man in Sichuan has been ordered to serve seven days' detention for "posting details online about the case of former Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun".

14 Oct 2012 - 10:05am

Anti-graft boss He Guoqiang touts Bo Xilai case

Bo Xilai

The Communist Party's anti-graft chief pointed to the aggressive investigation into the crimes of former Politburo member Bo Xilai as a clear indication of the success of the anti-corruption drive over the past five years.

10 Oct 2012 - 2:52pm 1 comment

Bo Xilai’s first wife calls Gu Kailai 'paranoid' over poisoning plot

Gu Kailai and Bo Xilai in 2007. Photo: Reuters

Months before his fall from power, Chongqing party leader Bo Xilai suspected a plot to poison his second wife and questioned whether his son by his first marriage was involved, a report said on Sunday.

The second wife Gu Kailai was herself convicted in August of fatally poisoning a British businessman.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Former China president Jiang Zemin played key role in punishing Bo Xilai, say analysts

Former president Jiang Zemin. Photo: Reuters

Jiang Zemin is believed to have played a key role in Beijing's decision last week to bring the hammer down on Bo Xilai - the latest demonstration of the former president's political clout ahead of the once-a-decade leadership succession.

3 Oct 2012 - 1:15pm 2 comments

Bo Guagua defends father Bo Xilai as ‘upright and devoted’

Bo Guagua graduated from Harvard University in May. Photo: Reuters

The son of fallen Chinese politician Bo Xilai has defended his father as “upright in his beliefs and devoted to duty”, in his first comments on a scandal that has shaken the Communist Party. Bo Guagua posted a statement on his Tumblr account on Saturday, a day after state media announced his father would “face justice” for a litany of alleged crimes including abuse of power, taking bribes and improper sexual relations.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Party reveals Bo Xilai graft, blames Gu Kailai

Bo Xilai faces trial for bribery and other offences. Photo: AP

While Bo Xilai received bribes worth more than 20 million yuan (HK$24.5 million), it was the greed of his wife that brought down the former Politburo member, an internal Communist Party investigation has found, according to sources.

30 Sep 2012 - 11:18am 4 comments

Bo Xilai slated by party media

Last appearance of Bo Xilai in March before Chongqing scandal was emerged. Photo: AP

The expulsion of Bo Xilai from the party shows that the tactics he used to run Chongqing, steeped in the ideology of the Cultural Revolution, were ultimately doomed, a party newspaper said.

30 Sep 2012 - 11:03am 1 comment

Fall of Bo Xilai could boost progress of political reform, say analysts

Bo Xilai's fall has profound implications for China's future. Photo: Reuters

The leadership's handling of the Bo Xilai saga invites public scepticism about the one-party system and the legitimacy of its rule, some analysts say.

But a thorough exposé of the worst scandal in decades could help foster political reform after the new leadership is installed in November, with some saying the latest developments are a sign of victory for the reformist camp.

4 Oct 2012 - 3:28pm 1 comment

Party outcast Bo Xilai criticised for 'improper sexual relationships'

Sex and power often go hand-in-hand in cases of mainland corruption and observers were little surprised that sexual flings should make their way into the official count of Bo Xilai's alleged misdeeds.

The lengthy Xinhua report describing the former Politburo member's violations implied that Bo's decadent lifestyle had contributed to the decision to cast him out of the party.

29 Sep 2012 - 3:44am

In a sign of compromise, Politburo reveals date of 18th party congress

The highly anticipated meeting of the Communist Party's decision-making Politburo yesterday and its announcement of the date for the crucial 18th national congress suggest the leadership has finally reached a compromise on major issues.

Those issues involved a once-a-decade transition of power after months of wrangling.

29 Sep 2012 - 8:27am

China doesn't need more show trials

China doesn't need more show trials

During the trial of the Gang of Four in the winter of 1980, Jiang Qing delivered a two-hour tirade in her own defence, during which she famously described herself as a dog of Mao Zedong. More than 30 years later, another political wife stood accused in a Chinese court of law, one believed to have been similarly corrupted by the power wielded by her husband.

28 Sep 2012 - 1:52am 1 comment