Analysts including Columbia University’s Andrew Nathan, the Brookings Institution’s Kenneth Lieberthal and University of Sydney’s Kerry Brown comment on China’s decision to expel former Politburo member Bo Xilai from the Communist Party.
The following are remarks by Victor Shih, a political economist at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, on the ouster of Bo Xilai, Communist party chief of Chongqing, one of China’s fastest-growing major urban regions.
Former Politburo member Bo Xilai was removed from China’s legislature on the eve of a once-a-decade leadership transition, stripping him of his legal immunity as he faces charges over the death of a British businessman.
Ousted Politburo member Bo Xilai was sentenced to life in prison for corruption, bringing an end to a crisis that roiled China’s Communist Party as the country’s leaders prepare to lay out an economic reform agenda.
China set a timeline for the prosecution of disgraced Politburo member Bo Xilai, moving to resolve a scandal that overshadowed a once-in-a-decade transfer of power and tested the unity of new Communist Party leaders.