Bo Xilai Scandal

BEIJING -- Corruption in a democracy doesn't mean the political system is not democratic. In contrast, China prides itself on being a political meritocracy that selects and promotes leaders with superior ability and virtue. The value of meritocracy is central to Chinese political culture. The higher the level of political corruption, the less meritocratic the political system. Hence, the regime will lack legitimacy if its leaders are seen to be corrupt.
BEIJING -- Last weekend, Chinese authorities announced the arrest of the former head of the country's internal security services
The genuine logic and true goal in the drive to maintain social stability is, therefore, to keep citizens from speaking or acting recklessly. According to this logic, to achieve this goal the current leaders may employ all kinds of resources, and even violate the constitution and other laws and regulations. This is ridiculous and conflicts with the principle of rule of law.
China has a tendency to make prognosticators look foolish. Still, I'll happily make one prediction for 2014: at least one China story will break that has a fact-is-stranger-than-fiction feel to it.
Bo's trial is a political event; his crimes are the same as those committed by almost all Chinese politicians, and were selected for the sake of convenience. As such, the trial tells us next to nothing about rule of law in China.
When it is impossible to trust the verdict of a legal system that is in thrall to its politics, we must seek other ways of interpreting its verdicts. We must see its verdicts as a sign of the times. When major changes in governance occur, a powerful woman usually gets offered up as a sacrifice.
"Western forces hostile to China and dissidents within the country are still constantly infiltrating the ideological sphere
In this interview, He Weifang, one of China's most preeminent advocates of the rule of law, ponders the paradoxes of a top Communist Party leader who abused the legal system when running Chongqing, but at his own trial, persuasively argued for "impartiality" from the courts.
"We drew up a blacklist of suspicious people. One of them was Neil Heywood. I explained all of this to Bo Xilai." "He should
Fallen Chinese politician Bo Xilai began his defense Thursday, saying he was framed in one of the bribery charges against him.
The 64-year-old former Communist Party chief of the southwestern city of Chongqing has been charged with illegally taking
At last, Bo Xilai is going on trial. The case against the former Politburo member brings to a climax the aggressive anti-corruption drive undertaken by the Chinese Communist Party.
Last year, the World Bank laid out a blueprint for reform which included privatizing large areas of the state and the greening of the economy. But, such changes will require taking on entrenched state interests. And, this will represent the heart of Xi's main challenge.
Emin Milli. Photo Credit: Emin Milli Chongqing Communist Party boss, Bo Xilai, the subject of Chinese blogger Fang Hong's
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This style of reform is necessary if China is truly going to liberalize and we at the University of Louisville's Center for Asian Democracy (CAD) were disappointed to see that Wang himself was not appointed to the politburo standing committee in November.
Will the fifth generation of leadership led by President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Li Keqiang, signal China remains future-focused? Will they make moves to manage intra-Party conflicts of interest that, to date, have precluded meaningful political and economic reform?
If you think you’ve had it bad this year, cheer up - these guys may have had it worse. Much worse. While this year brought
The BBC adds that sources told the network that if there had been contacts between the businessman and the British goverment
Despite the promise of wider editorial latitude, CCTV America's coverage of China is largely scrubbed of controversy and upbeat in tone, with a heavy emphasis on business and cultural stories in places where Beijing hopes to gain influence.