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.
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.
China’s Communist Party expelled former Politburo member Bo Xilai yesterday and said he will face criminal charges, reaching consensus on a murder scandal that roiled the political elite and clearing the way for a once-in-a- decade transition of power in November.
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.
Bo Xilai’s removal as head of a city that helped lead China’s economic growth is a signal that the country’s Communist leadership wants to keep his style of populism out of the inner corridors of power, sticking to a consensus-driven government that emphasizes gradual change.
China’s Communist Party moved to show unity after suspending Bo Xilai from the ruling Politburo and declaring his wife a murder suspect, ordering the nation’s more than 80 million party members to back the decision.