Understanding Power Struggle in the Chinese Government From Bo Xilai’s Case

Bo xilai

The Bo Xilai case in China is more than just a murder criminal case.  From it’s development and the charges of the official involves, one can get a glimpse of of the Chinese political climate:

According to Willy Lam, a veteran China-watcher at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hu had faced opposition from conservative forces within the party—who had warmed to Bo’s calls for greater emphasis on traditional socialism—and from China’s retired but still influential former president Jiang Zemin, who was a friend of Bo’s father, a famous revolutionary general.

Hu Jintao had been prevented from going after Bo Xilai by Jiang Zemin and other powerful patrons, who didn’t want him to be subjected to serious criminal charges and had lobbied quite successfully for lenient treatment,” said Lam. “So this development reflects a subtle change in the power struggle and the tug of war over Bo: it seems Hu Jintao’s position has been strengthened.”

According to Willy Lam, a veteran China-watcher at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hu had faced opposition from conservative forces within the party—who had warmed to Bo’s calls for greater emphasis on traditional socialism—and from China’s retired but still influential former president Jiang Zemin, who was a friend of Bo’s father, a famous revolutionary general.

Hu Jintao had been prevented from going after Bo Xilai by Jiang Zemin and other powerful patrons, who didn’t want him to be subjected to serious criminal charges and had lobbied quite successfully for lenient treatment,” said Lam. “So this development reflects a subtle change in the power struggle and the tug of war over Bo: it seems Hu Jintao’s position has been strengthened.

Full article here: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/09/19/china-jail-time-for-bo-xilai.html

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