A look at Bo Xilai: Gu Kailai, the wife of disgraced Chinese leader, Bo Xilai + Why China’s Growth Is Worse Than You Think (2012)

Gordon Chang, author of “The Coming Collapse of China” joins Simon Constable on The News Hub to discuss why growth in China is even slower than official statistics suggest and whether the fix is already in for the upcoming trial of Gu Kailai?

Maybe Gordon Chang has an axe to grind. Maybe what he says should be taken with a grain of salt. A quote attributed to Gordon Chang: “I myself have Chinese ancestry and a Chinese surname, although I never learned to speak any Chinese. Sadly, [me] am ashamed of my Chinese ancestry.”



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FRANCE 24 Reporters : Bo Xilai’s legacy in Chongqing

Bo Xilai’s legacy in Chongqing

With a population of 32 million, Chongqing in inland China is one of the world’s megalopolises, ahead of Tokyo or Mumbai. It is also a startling economic success, with a growth reported to be 15%, way above the national average. But among the poorer inhabitants of Chongqin, some regret the days of governor Bo Xilai, who had put into effect generous spending programmes before falling from grace and going on trial.

08/22/2013 REPORTERS

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Bo Xilai trial: disgraced Chinese politician denies bribery charge

Bo Xilai trial: disgraced Chinese politician denies bribery charge

The former Chongqing Communist party leader Bo Xilai faces this Thursday his prosecutors, charged with bribery, corruption and abuse of power. According Van Sant, this trial represents more than itself: it appears as a political trial to diminish the ex-politician’s popularity, prosecuted by scared political rivals.

Duplex with Shannon Van Sant, our correspondent in Beijing, China.

Bo Xilai calls his wife ‘insane’, saying ‘she often tells lies’

Bo Xilai calls his wife ‘insane’, saying ‘she often tells lies’

New developments in Bo Xilai’s trial: the former local Party leader denies the testimony of his wife, arguing she was under pressure while releasing her statement. Gu Kailai, Xilai’s wife, is imprisoned for life for the murder of the businessman Neil Heywood, and may be looking for protection for herself and her son.

Duplex with Rebecca Hume in Beijing, China.

Bo Xilai’s trial: “a victim of a political process”

Bo Xilai’s trial: “a victim of a political process”

Bo Xilai, the former Chongqing local Party leader, denies all charges against him on the second day of his trial, declaring he was framed in bribery charges. He even denies his own confession, alleging it was staged. This Friday, the prosecutors are to investigate the charges of abuse of power.

Duplex with Rebecca Hume in Beijing, China.

Could Bo Xilai trial backfire on authorities?

France 24’s Halla Mohieddeen explains the pitfalls of trying the still-popular former governor of Chongqing.
To watch the F24Debate, China’s trial of the century: f24.my/153dRLM