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Happy Friday, Zhou Yongkang

Alexa Olesen from Tea Leaf Nation
Eight minutes after midnight on Friday, the axe fell on Zhou Yongkang: a terse news release from state-run Xinhua news agency said that China’s former security czar Zhou had been expelled from the Chinese Communist Party, his case handed over to...



China’s Fallen Mighty [Graphic]

David M. Barreda, Youyou Zhou, Ouyang Bin, Zhang Mengqi
Over the past thirty-eight years, twelve of China’s top leaders have been purged. This infographic and the bios of these leaders explain how and why these mighty men fell. Download the high-resolution graphic.



China’s Fallen Mighty [Updated]

Ouyang Bin, Zhang Mengqi, David M. Barreda, Youyou Zhou
Political infighting and purges have been hallmarks of the Chinese Communist Party since its earliest days but came to a peak during Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution, damaging the country and paralyzing the Party itself. When Mao died in 1976, it...

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His Start in Oil Fuelled Zhou’s Rise to Top Cop

from Caixin
Zhou Yongkang, a former member of the Politburo Standing Committee, the Communist Party's supreme decision-making body, has been the highest ranking Party cadre to be a target of a corruption investigation.The Party's graft fighters...

Special Report: The Power Struggle Behind China's Corruption Crackdown

Benjamin Kang Lim, David Lague and Charlie Zhu
When Xi Jinping was named President in March last year, the 48-year-old billionaire Liu Han was detained and surrounded by corruption investigators and prison guards.

New Detail Emerges About Bo Xilai’s Downfall

Edward Wong
Sanlian Life said Australian reporter, John Garnaut, was involved in the Bo Xilai case. 



Why Is China Purging Its Former Top Security Chief, Zhou Yongkang?

Pin Ho, Richard McGregor from ChinaFile Conversation
Pin Ho:[Zhou Yongkang’s downfall] is the second chapter of the “Bo Xilai Drama”—a drama begun at the 18th Party Congress. The Party’s power transition has been secret and has lacked convincing procedure. This [lack of transparency] has triggered...

In Mess Bo Left Behind, An Opportunity for Beijing to Set Things Right

Stanley Lubman
Bo Xilai’s “Smash the Black” campaign used ruthless measures to curb organized crime. The recent guilty verdict handed to Bo gives the Chinese leadership an opportunity to demonstrate that illegalities committed in the course of...



Bo Xilai May Have Gotten Off Easy

Ouyang Bin, Zhang Mengqi, David M. Barreda
On October 25, the Shandong High People’s Court rejected the appeal of Bo Xilai, the former Party Secretary of Chongqing who on September 22 was convicted of bribe-taking, embezzlement, and abuse of power and sentenced to life in prison.At the end...

China to Announce Decision on Bo Xilai Appeal

A court in eastern China said it would announce a decision on October 25 on whether to accept an appeal by ousted former senior politician Bo Xilai over his guilty verdict and life sentence on charges of bribery, corruption and...

Court to Hear Bo Xilai Appeal

A Chinese provincial court announced on Wednesday that it will hear the appeal of Bo Xilai. Bo did not accept his sentence at the first trial at the Jinan Intermediate People's Court and submitted an appeal to the Shandong Higher...

The Good, the Bad and the Exiled? China's Class of '77

Jaime FlorCruz
After walking several blocks through New York's busy streets recently, I finally found Wang Juntao in the middle of Times Square, where the exiled Chinese dissident was holding a sit-down protest...

Chinese Official at Center of Scandal is Found Guilty and Given a Life Term

Andrew Jacobs and Chris Buckley
Bo Xilai, the pugnacious Chinese politician whose downfall shook the Communist Party, was sentenced to life in prison after a court found him guilty of bribetaking, embezzlement and abuse of power in a failed attempt to stifle murder allegations...

Famous Trials of China’s Communist Party

Celia Hatton
An historical look at two other famous trials in recent Communist Party history: the Gang of Four trial after the Cultural Revolution, and the corruption trials of Chen Xitong and Chen Liangyu which bears greater resemblance to the Bo Xilai case...

Bo Xilai ‘Will Appeal’ Verdict and Sentence Jinan Court Hands Down

Keith Zhai
Defiant princeling Bo Xilai is likely to appeal against the verdict and sentence a Jinan court hands down today (9/22) in his trial for bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power, sources with direct knowledge of the case say.