China Policy Institute Blog

Xi Jinping’s Tiger Hunt

Written by Andrew Hall Wedeman. The Communist Party of China has been grappling with corruption almost from its birth. It has waged major anti-corruption campaigns repeatedly and routinely prosecutes substantial numbers of officials. Between 1997 and 2012 the Supreme People’s Procuratorate reported that it indicted 550,000 individuals on either corruption or dereliction of duty charges, …

Xi Jinping’s Anti-corruption Campaign and the Third Plenum

Written by Andrew Hall Wedeman. A year ago, Xi Jinping assumed the office of General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CCP) in the wake of the most serious corruption scandal since 2006 when Shanghai Municipal Party Secretary Chen Liangyu was caught diverting upwards of Y40 billion (US$4.8 billion) from the municipal pension fund …

Bo Xilai and the meaning of life

Written by Jackie Sheehan. He still doesn’t get it, does he? The last top CCP figure to be removed from a courtroom shouting defiance was Mao’s widow Jiang Qing at the Gang of Four’s show trial in 1980, but her parting shot was “To rebel is justified!”, which had a little bit more substance to …

Bo Xilai Trial: Do Bad Things Really Lead to Good Outcomes?

Written by Dingping Guo. It is widely believed in China that bad things often lead to good, just as, for example, natural disasters turned out to be great opportunities for urban reconstruction and national unity following earthquakes and floods. It seems that history repeated itself since the Bo Xilai trial began in late August. Undoubtedly, the …

You must remember this: Bo Xilai cared nothing for fair trials in China until he found himself in the dock

Written by Jackie Sheehan. Not since Casablanca’s Captain Renault pronounced himself shocked to discover gambling going on in Rick’s Café Americain has anyone been as unconvincing a voice of justice as Bo Xilai this week in Jinan, with his protests about coerced confessions, unreliable testimony and rigging of trials by those with power. Bo has …

The Bo Xilai Scandal and China’s Intellectuals

by Giorgio Strafella. Sometimes one is so dazzled by China’s economic performance that one forgets how important ideas and ideology are for the CCP’s claim to legitimacy. While managerial merit is often invoked by the party’s eulogists, party leaders rely more on ideas than performance when arguing that they constitute the best possible ruling elite. …

Bo Xilai/Gu Kailai Saga: was the murdered Neil Heywood “freelancing” for MI6?

by Don Keyser. The Wall Street Journal reported in a November 6 article under Jeremy Page’s byline that Neil Heywood, the British expat businessman allegedly murdered by Chongqing Party Secretary/Politburo member Bo Xilai’s wife Gu Kailai, had been in touch for more than a year with an officer of Britain’s MI6.  Page related that Bo …

Political reform an urgent task for the incoming leadership

by Anastas Vangeli Political reform has a very righteous, even a Confucian purpose in the Party’s discourse. The Party often conceptualizes the need for political reform as an answer to the growing “plagues” in governance. One of the most important of these plagues is corruption. The definition of corruption in China stretches far beyond only …

Bo Xilai – a deadly case of delusion and desired defection

By Mike Bastin. While the rumors continue about Bo, his wife Gu and the death of Neil Heywood, it is surprising that the real reason for this entire saga has not yet been publicized. The real reason is not that Bo was seen as a potential threat to the current and future leadership in China, …

Bo Xilai – The Plot Thickens

By Mike Bastin While we should all welcome the recent news of the re-investigation into the death of Mr. Neil Heywood, the British businessman who died under suspicious circumstances in November last year, it is also an opportune time to gain some understanding of the intense rivalry within at the top of China’s usually secretive …