Analysis

In Bo Xilai Trial, Communist Party May Be Biggest Scandal
Bo Xilai, former secretary of the Chongqing Communist Party, attends the closing session of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 13, 2012. He has not been seen since then. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
August 8, 2013
| Economics
| Asia and the Pacific
Summary
The filing of corruption charges against high-ranking party leader Bo Xilai is likely to prove a double-edged sword for the Chinese Communist Party. On one hand, it shows that China is prepared to take action against high-level officials. On the other hand, the trial is likely to expose the depth of corruption in China’s communist system, particularly since some of the accusations against Bo go back 20 years.
The Chinese government filed formal charges last week against Bo Xilai, the former head of Chongqing Province and someone who was considered a rising star in the central government. Bo’s wife formerly pleaded guilty to the murder of a British national who allegedly helped the Bo family with overseas investments but fell out of favor with the family. His guilt is a foregone conclusion and the only question now is how long his sentence will be and how strong of a backlash his allies will present.
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