Bo Xilai, Gu Kailai: one Couple, two Investigations

1. Authorized Release

Authorized Release – CCP Central Committee decides to file an investigation of [the / an] question / issue about Comrade Bo Xilai having seriously violating discipline


Xinhua, Beijing, April 10 – In view of suspicions that Comrade Bo Xilai seriously violated discipline, the Central Committee has decided to suspend his posts at the politbureau and at the Central Committee, based on “the CCP constitution” and “the CCP disciplinary investigation bodies’ working regulations”, and to have the central disciplinary investigation commission file an investigation.


2. Unauthorized, maybe

The Central Committee has decided to file an investigation of [the / an] question / issue about Bo Xilai having seriously violating discipline. There is also news that Bo Xilai’s wife, Gu Kailai, is suspected of murder of an Englishman, Neil Wood […] [Neil Heywood, also frequently written  尼尔·海伍德 in Chinese]


People's Daily blog search result

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The translated bits of the post are still available on Google’s search results (Wednesday morning). As the People’s Daily blogpost in full isn’t online any more, it would be hard to tell why it was actually taken down. It probably wasn’t because of the allegation that Gu Kailai is suspected of murder, as this information is available elsewhere on the Chinese internet.



» Gu Kailai arrested, The Telegraph, April 10, 2012
» Cultural Revolutions, great and small, April 1, 2012
» Between Negation and Affirmation, March 25, 2012



» The Last Two Acts (fictional, probably, hopefully), King Tubby, April 11, 2012
» People’s Daily: Verdict on Day One, April 11, 2012



5 Comments to “Bo Xilai, Gu Kailai: one Couple, two Investigations”

  1. Hey, I wanted to stop by to tell you that you have a wonderful site, and the work you are doing is great! While I’m here, thanks so much for linking to me in one of your older posts. I’ll be linking to you soon. On the topic of Bo Xilai, I am really learning alot about the Chinese mindset from this whole event. Best to you and your readers! – Shortwave America –


  2. And thanks for stopping by! I’m reading at Shortwave America more frequently than my links might suggest. I’m usually listening to shortwave broadcasters several times a week.


  3. This will hardly add much value, but just to share a personal observation upon reading this post: Whenever I am starting to feel jaded about China, I tend to realize that the country will never run out of surprises. But this story is really way beyond that. Given the highest-possible level of Bo Xilai short of (his anticipated, now aborted) membership in Standing Committee and the personal-patronage nature of politics in China, this is just huge. Had some good conversations about the Bo affair prior to this announcement with local CCP members/county leaders in Sichuan. Way, way more reading to do on this one. So thanks for the links and analysis.


  4. Have to thank you JR for the CMP link on PD on how corruption works in govt. Succint and comprehensive.


  5. Yep – what the commenter wrote about his own experience obviously can’t be verified, but what he wrote about the comradely relations seemed to make sense, and does even more so now.

    As for John Garnaut, it seems to me he’s harvesting on many years of work in building contacts and trust – he’s has written quite a row of enlightening articles in recent months. But while rubbing our eyes in astonishment, we should also ask why Chinese sources are speaking out right now, what their intention is, and who encouraged (or authorized, in Hu Dehua’s case) them to speak now. That the PLA is highly corrupt has never been a secret. Why does it take a high-ranking military official’s reported speech – and his supporters talking to the foreign press – to see that?

    There’s an old newspeople reminder: “Nothing is as good or bad as first reported”. I’m not suggesting that we should “level” everything we hear, because the truth isn’t always at the average point of what we seem to know. But what we do know about the inner workings within China rarely comes from institutionalized, accountable sources or from intelligence itself – it comes from people who have reasons to say what they say. Hence the Chinese obsession with ulterior motives behind messages.


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