China Policy Institute Blog

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 …

The ‘Political Case’ of Kailai Gu – Issues, Insights and Opportunties

by Sam Beatson. She’s the daughter of a revolutionary leader  and has been called a ‘legal prodigy’, an author and the wife of a so-called ‘Neo-Maoist’ whose social welfare and patriotic policies paid off to society and to the man’s own glory, ultimately though turning to his detriment. Kailai Gu (KG) received a suspended death …

Swift justice and rough justice in China: criminal responsibility, the death penalty, and the Gu Kailai trial

By Jackie Sheehan. For those familiar with the China’s criminal courts, the first response to Thursday’s seven-hour trial of Gu Kailai and Zhang Xiaojun for Neil Heywood’s murder was probably “What took them so long?” A Chinese murder trial with multiple defendants can be over in under an hour, as witnesses almost never attend court, …

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 …