I admit I have never been a fan of Chinese politics. In fact I always view the Chinese politicians as being conservative and secretive as compared to their American counterparts. However the recent Bo Xilai’s case changed my view of the party completely. The salacious details of the case reported: a murdered old Briton businessman in a hotel room in China; clues of a scandal; allegations of corruption charges; son who went to a College in Oxford and indulged in parties and fast cars make me wonder if the Chinese Communist Party is getting westernised or they are just too eager to get rid of their famous comrade who provides a stiff competition to their tipped successor, Xu Jiping, as the chief of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
Bo’s case was pretty sensitive and in fact many Chinese academics compared his case to that of Zhao Ziyang. Zhao Ziyang was the previous chief of CCP, but was discharged of duty because of his strong opposition towards using brutal army crackdown on student-led demonstrations for democracy centered on Tiananmen Square in Beijing 1989. Bo Xilai case was a bit similar. During his term as the party chief of Chong Qing, he imposed strict laws and provide community service to the poor which make Chong Qing among the top safest and fastest economy growing city in China. This led him to gain great fame from the people which may have spooked the party because they marked a break with the model of faceless, collective leadership that the CCP leaders do not tolerate. In fact even though the state media or rather the party has portrayed him as a dictator in the making, many people from the Chong Qing city still loved him and a riot was even sparked in the city because of his arrest.
However whether it is political or real, no one will know for sure unless things become ugly. What do you think?