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Bo suspended from key Party post [China Daily]

Bo Xilai: Criminal or exemplar for straying too far from party lines? Not long after having been removed as Chongqing party boss, Bo Xilai has been expelled from China’s top ranks as a member of the 200-over strong central committee and 25-member Politburo. This marks the end of the chapter for the polarising figure for the red revival who famously battled corruption and now, falls ‘victim’ to it.

For more, see…

Bo Xilai’s Wife Suspected of Murder in China (Businessweek, April 10 2012) - Removal from the Politburo and Central Committee, which would come at a formal party meeting, is often a precursor to prison or detention. Among four other men removed from the Politburo outside regular Communist Party congresses since 1989, two were imprisoned and one, former Communist Party General Secretary Zhao Ziyang, lived out most of the rest of his life confined to his home.

China People’s Daily Urges Cadres to Support Bo Xilai Suspension (Bloomberg, April 11 2012) - The Chinese Communist Party’s official People’s Daily urged cadres support the decision to suspend Bo Xilai from his senior party posts after his wife’s arrest on suspicion of murdering a British citizen.

Bo Xilai charged with violation of discipline [Video] (People’s Daily/CCTV)

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Bo suspended from key Party post
Source – China Daily, published April 11, 2012

Police reinvestigate death of British citizen Neil Heywood

As Comrade Bo Xilai is suspected of being involved in serious discipline violations, the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China has decided to suspend his membership of the CPC Central Committee Political Bureau and the CPC Central Committee, in line with the CPC Constitution and the rules on investigation of CPC discipline inspection departments.

The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the CPC will file the case for investigation. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Beijing Consensus, Bo Xilai, Charm Offensive, China Daily, Chinese Model, Crime, Government & Policy, Maoism, Mapping Feelings, New Leadership, Politics, Strategy, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities

Is Mike Wallace the reason Chinese leaders don’t give interviews? [Foreign Policy]

Is Lifetime Achievement Emmy awardee Mike Wallace the reason why Chinese leaders do not give interviews? Indeed 4th-generation leader Hu, since taking over as President in 2003 again and again provides only written interview answers to the foreign press and has never granted a free ranging interview. Is this the cause?

Check out the Youtube video below for the interview in question.

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Is Mike Wallace the reason Chinese leaders don’t give interviews?
by Isaac Stone Fish
Source – Foreign Policy Blogs, published April 9, 2012

Hu Jintao, China’s president for the last decade, is the first leader of China since the Empress Dowager Cixi (who died in 1908) to refuse to speak with foreign press. Chiang Kai-Shek gave interviews, Mao Zedong pontificated to Edgar Snow; Deng Xiaoping joked with foreign reporters while expounding on his pragmatic philosophy.  Even Hua Guofeng, Mao’s short-lived successor, chatted with a British journalist. China’s current premier Wen Jiabao has sat down with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria twice for a relatively gentle round of questioning but the top leader, and the other members of China’s ruling council the Politburo Standing Committee, have stayed silent.

More than any other reporter, Mike Wallace, the charmingly aggressive 60 Minutes correspondent who passed away this Saturday at the age of 93, may be the reason for Hu’s reticence. A sit-down with Wallace was rarely a pleasant experience for world leaders — particularly autocrats: he lectured Yassir Arafat on violence, challenged Vladmir Putin on democracy, and suggested to Ayatollah Khomeini that he might be a lunatic and a ‘disgrace to Islam.’ But his 2000 interview with former Chinese President Jiang Zemin may have played a role in convincing Jiang’s successor of the value of keeping his mouth shut.

In contrast to Hu, Jiang was a flashy (for a Chinese leader) former Shanghai Party secretary, who sang karaoke on state visits and recited the Gettysburg address to foreigners. He told Barbara Walters in 1990 that the 1989 Tiananmen Massacre was “much ado about nothing,” and Lally Weymouth in 1998 that “I really don’t know what kind of threat China poses” to India. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Beijing Consensus, Charm Offensive, Chinese Model, Communications, Culture, Foreign Policy Blogs, Foreign Policy Magazine, Hu Jintao, Mapping Feelings, Media, Politics, Strategy, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities

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