Facing China

Let’s talk about Bo Xilai. Because in Mainland China, most cannot.

Yesterday Internet censors worked overtime to block out commentary about the Bo Xilai case. (See my post yesterday.) Removed were any posts mentioning his nickname – or that of his wife. She’s in prison facing possible execution for her role in the murder of Neil Heywood.

Bo meanwhile has been stripped of all his titles and duties, and was even removed from the Communist party. Seriously – even Icarus had a softer landing. Amazingly even notes of sympathy were removed.

What weren’t taken off-line were the supportive posts praising the government for its bold action. One blogger said the whole affair was going to cost taxpayers a lot of money – how else could you explain Weibo posts praising President Hu Jintao if not through paid commentary?

What’s mystifying is how the “facts” as presented this week bear…

View original post 190 more words

Advertisements

4 Responses to

  1. Terry K Chen says:

    He’s certainly not the only corrupt official in China, but this guy pretended to be some righteous knight fighting against corruption when his own son was living the life of a prince overseas.

    • Terry,

      He’s a politician. Power corrupts just like most wealthy people with millions or billions of dollars are never satisfied with how much money they have.

      This type of thing happens in America all the time. In fact, a federal corruption trial started today and the man on trial was an ex-presidential candidate in the US. He lost that presidential election.

      http://www.startribune.com/nation/147083145.html

      “Edwards’ fall from grace for a hidden affair has long been tabloid fodder. A former Democratic senator from North Carolina, he is being tried on six felony charges, four involving whether he accepted illegal campaign contributions. He also faces charges of conspiracy and making false statements.”

  2. […] Banned in China! Bo Xilai Blogs & Comments (ilookchina.net) […]

  3. Bo Xilai’s was one of the few popular political figures in China. When I say popular, he used the media to build his popularity and a cult following (as politicians do in the United States and this was frowned on), most of his followers were Maoists. Within the Party, there was fear that he would bring about a revival of Maoism and a return to the Cultural Revolution. This was revealed in a recent speech by China’s Premier Wn Jiabao.

    I don’t recall the exact date, but in either 2010 or 2011, many of Mao’s supporters in the Party (mostly people from rural China) went to the metro area that Bo Xilai was Party boss of and urged him to lead the Maoist wing of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) back into power.

    Although the Party always puts forth a face that seems to be one voice, the CCP has political factions just like the Republican and Democratic parties in America have different political factions with different political agendas and beliefs inside each party.

    However, in China, not because of the CCP but because they are Chinese, it is not the cultural thing to do to let everyone else see and watch the debates and arguments that take place within the party. Instead, the CCP does all it can to hide that divisiveness. It is not politically correct in China to let everyone know what you think or what is going on.

    Of course, there are a few voices inside China and many outside China that want China to conduct its political business as we do in the U.S., but historically and culturally that is not the Chinese way.

    Since being married to a Chinese woman and being part of her family, I’ve seen this same dynamic take place within her family. You don’t show the world your dirty laundry, which the West calls a lack of transparency when it comes to the CCP without any show of understanding that this behavior is more cultural than having anything to do with being the CCP.

    Bo stepped outside that Chinese politically correct cultural behavior and was very transparent (probably promoted by his publicists) and was the closest thing to a popular political rock star in China — sort of like a Kennedy.

    As far as the charges that have been leveled at him and his family that they are corrupt and may be murderers, etc., we will never know if that is true or trumped up to pull him down so the majority consensus that runs the CCP will not have to contend with a more powerful Bo Xilai that may want to bring back elements of Mao’s Cultural Revolution.

    There are still elements within the CCP that believe Deng Xiaoping and those that continue his legacy are traitors to Mao’s vision and want to return to the insanity of the Cultural Revolution and throw out the capitalist economy that exists in China today.

Comments are welcome — pro or con. However, comments must focus on the topic of the post, be civil and avoid ad hominem attacks.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: