Wang Lijun

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

A supporter holds picture of Edward Snowden and Hong Kong movie star Jackie Chan during a protest outside the US consulate in Hong Kong on June 15, 2013. Photo: AP

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.

Monday, 17 June, 2013, 9:50am 8 comments

Former Chongqing deputy police chief Tang Jianhua given suspended death sentence

The former deputy police chief of the Chinese megacity of Chongqing has been given a suspended death sentence for bribery, a court said on Wednesday, the latest episode in the scandal that brought down Bo Xilai.

15 May 2013 - 7:24pm

Bo Xilai supporters gather in Chongqing

Protest outside the Chongqing Intermediary Court, March 29, 2013. (Photo: SCMP Pictures)

Die-hard supporters of disgraced Communist Party Politburo member Bo Xilai gathered outside a Chongqing court on Thursday to defend his “triad-busting” legacy.

29 Mar 2013 - 11:17am

Dumplings, workouts: Jailed ex-police chief Wang Lijun's 'comfortable' prison life

Since being jailed in September, Wang Lijun has been both praised and criticised for his time as Chongqing police chief. Photo: AP

Wang Lijun, the former police chief of Chongqing is leading a comfortable life in a prison on the outskirts of Beijing, a source close to his family said. "He stays in a good mental state and has put on some weight compared with when he stood trial in September," the source quoted a family member who had visited Wang as saying.

29 Mar 2013 - 2:18pm

One year on, Bo Xilai scandal haunts Chongqing

A statue of a guardian angel stands outside a hotel frequented by Neil Heywood in the Nan'an district of Chongqing, which was politically loyal to Bo Xilai. Photo: AFP

One year after Chongqing’s police chief set off China’s biggest scandal in decades, the megacity has seen revelations of torture and corruption but little action on alleged abuses during the reign of disgraced leader Bo Xilai.

6 Feb 2013 - 8:23pm

Mainland leadership needs to deepen legal reform

Chen Guangcheng's case caused an uproar overseas. Photo: EPA

The past year should have been a wake-up call for the authorities: either deepen reform to strengthen the rule of law, or risk more international scandals like those involving Wang Lijun and Chen Guangcheng.

3 Jan 2013 - 5:10am

Doubts cast on story of cash stash in Wen Qiang's fish pond

Wen Qiang on trial before being sentenced to death. Photo: Xinhua

The story of the piles of cash found buried beneath former Chongqing police chief Wen Qiang's fish pond was frequently used to justify the massive anti-triad drive led by his successor, Wang Lijun.

3 Jan 2013 - 8:51am

Surviving Bo Xilai's reign of red terror

Disgraced Chongqing party chief Bo Xilai. Photo: Reuters

On a two-hour flight from Beijing to Chongqing early this month, Ren Jianyu spent most of the time with his face pressed against the window, watching the clouds streak past. At one point he murmured: "This is freedom."

25 Jul 2013 - 1:10pm 3 comments

Who said it?

Departing Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.

I miss my compatriots in Hong Kong very much and I firmly believe the city has a bright future

Departing Premier Wen Jiabao


As crazy as I know it seems, I never thought I would be exposed

U.S. Olympic athlete Suzy Favor Hamilton on her newly revealed side job as a high-class escort


22 Dec 2012 - 1:57am

Wining and dining just another hard day at office in China

Hard labour? Dipping into a hot spring eight times a day can't be good for anyone, not just government officials. Photo: AFP

Despite all the perks of being powerful, life as a senior government official in China isn't always easy. A day in the office is stressful for many of these busy bureaucrats.

22 Dec 2012 - 10:08pm

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

The real Wang Lijun revealed in magazine exposé

Wang Lijun during his post in Liaoning province. Photo: Southern Metropolis Weekly

Police chief, criminal, designer, calligrapher and fashionista - it may come as a surprise that the man who encompasses all of those things is China's most infamous former cop, Wang Lijun.

19 Dec 2012 - 5:49pm

Jailed former Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun's sartorial secrets revealed

Fallen police chief Wang Lijun.

Weeks after Wang Lijun was sentenced to prison, more details have begun to surface about the flamboyant style of the former anti-triad hero who played a central role in the scandal that felled the ex-Politburo member Bo Xilai.

5 Dec 2012 - 3:45am 3 comments

Chongqing balls wiped clean of Wang Lijun legacy

The two large stone balls outside the Public Security Bureau, before (left) and after. Photo: SCMP Pictures

The two large balls sitting outside the Chongqing Municipal Building's Public Security Bureau once epitomised former top cop Wang Lijuan’s iron-fisted crusade against rampant crime and corruption.

19 Dec 2012 - 5:59pm

Chongqing sex tape scandal linked to Wang Lijun

Lei Zhengfu (front left) was sacked on Friday because of a sex tape scandal. Photo: SCMP Images

A scandal involving a sex video that has already sacked a Chongqing district official was said to be linked to jailed former police chief Wang Lijun, Xinhua reported on Sunday.

25 Nov 2012 - 5:36pm 1 comment