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New leadership vows to root out graft

Bracing for the high profile trial of disgraced leader Bo Xilai, China’s ruling Communist Party has launched a media blitzkrieg projecting his indictment as the new leadership’s determination to root out corruption with an iron fist.

‘The Bo case, once again, proves the anti-corruption determination of China’s ruling Party and the whole society. Such determination comes from the political consciousness of rulers on the one hand, and on the other hand, it is the unwavering choice of a society that values the rule of law’, an editorial in the state-run Global Times said.

Bo, 64, the head of the 20 million-strong Chongqing city before his dismissal last year, was charged with bribe-taking, embezzlement and abuse of power Thursday, marking a the final chapter in a high-profile case that has been lingering for over a year. The trial was expected to be held Jinan City Intermediate People’s Court in Shandong province next month. The indictment comes months after Xi Jinping came to power and vowed to rid the country of corruption, saying,
‘Corruption is getting worse. The party will perish, so will our country...We should fight it with an iron fist.’

Bo is currently under police custody at an unknown location.
Known for ruthless rule as well as his ideological inclination to revive the Maoist ideology discarded by the CPC to follow the reform path, Bo served as chief of Dalian city as well as former Commerce Minister.
He was hoping to contest for a top post in the last November’s once-in-a-decade leadership change of the CPC in which Xi Jinping was elected as the CPC General Secretary.
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