As Bo Xilai Goes to Trial, Disgraced Chinese Official Still Has His Fans

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Once a rising star in China’s Communist firmament, disgraced party official Bo Xilai is set to go on trial Thursday on charges of corruption and abuse of power. The scandal that toppled him from the halls of power shook China’s political establishment and has already led to the imprisonment of his wife. But in the Chinese megacity of Chongqing, where Bo once served, many residents still feel loyalty to a man whose civic accomplishments they still admire. Stay tuned to TIME World for more coverage of Bo Xilai’s trial.

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ysprefer
ysprefer

Two evils, we shall select the less one; there are corruptions in the society of Chinese at this moment, ordinary people suffer from increasing prices and inequity of opportunities, either in the aspect of employment or other benefit; However, the best choice for China, is still to maintain stability, and focus on its economic developing. I am happy today to read the speech by an American senator, who say Diaoyu island is the territory of Japanese, it reflect clearly the mind of America at this time, to treat China as its potential enemy, Diaoyu island is no business of America, however, the America say so, is just to do what ever he could to increase the enmity between China and its neighboring countries, and do what ever it could to weaken China. So, for ordinary Chinese, let not be that naive to believe what they says about "human right", "democracy" "Tibet monks", they are not really caring about those issues, what they want is to create troubles for China, so that it will best suit the interest of America. Let China focus on developing its economy, focus on building its national defense strength, focus on reforming its own society, and most importantly its educational system, what ever other countries says, which we believe is good to China, we will take measures to improve the situation gradually, what ever other noises, just to ignore them, do not take those things too seriously. 

sridhar.sid
sridhar.sid

Bo Xilai's trial and all the drama that preceded it, with his Wife's antics should come as no surprise. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely, is well known . In China, the extraordinary power wielded by a select few, who are part of the inner circle, is a perfect recipe for such scandals. Chinese Communist Party has controlled resources, land and labour, all for the 'growth of the nation'! The power that this control gives is so huge that the temptation to crush opposition is understandable. Bo Xilai fell foul because his ambitions were not in sync with those in the inner circle. Much as it might be cumbersome, China will have to open up the system and demonstrate fair play. The alternative will be the collapse of the State. Unlike the Soviet Union, China has managed to keep the nation together because its leaders are aware of what needs to be done. It is time to act now