What Bo Knows it THE Hottest Potato in China

Sunday, April 22, 2012 21:10
Posted in category The Big Picture

Over the last couple of months, the scandal surrounding Bo Xilai has grown in ways that few would have predicted, and until now I figured it was easier to remain on the sidelines to see where things went.  It started off with Bo’s Deputy Running Dog fleeing to the US consulate (after getting rejected by UK Consultate) , which was a “huge” moment given the timing and the “meaning”… that was until the other shoe drop and Bo’s wife was linked to the murder of a British citizen… which was followed by the fact that she held PR status in Singapore and Hong Kong (a big no no) … which was followed by the revelation that Bo’s wife, son, and brother all held firms around the world under different names (i.e. each person using multiple fake names)… which could only be on upped by the rumors that the dead Brit and Bo’s wife were getting it on in a love nest…. which was then topped off with the “fact” that Bo was himself a bit of a boss playa and had a love child of his own

Not sure if I missed anything, but in case you didn’t noticed the story from one of economic crimes and abuse of power to one focused on the deep moral flaws of a greedy family.

Which is to say that the real story, the story that Bo Knows, is still far too hot to be handled locally.

It is a story about leadership, and the legacy that many of China’s leaders are building… a legacy that is being sold locally as one for “country”, but is in practice anything but.

A fact made worse as it is revealed that Bo routed out Chongqing’s economy before he was set to leave (by force or promotion). A story told through today’s WSJ report Behind Chongqing’s Growth, Heavy Debt

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One Response to “What Bo Knows it THE Hottest Potato in China”

  1. Tim says:

    April 26th, 2012 at 10:02 pm


    This an important point, and one that appears to be lost in the lurid details of the breaking scandal. It will likely be whitewashed internally as a glowing example of China’s embrace of rule of law but I wonder if internationally we’ll even get past its info-tainement value to have a real dialogue on how emblematic Bo’s fall is of a larger problem.