January 15, 2014
Bo xilai's fall raises questions about chinese politics There little question that any leader would have faced trouble trying to sort out chongqing.The greater municipality was carved out of neighboring sichuan province in 1997, creating a tract of land roughly the size of south carolina, with 30 million people, centered on a city with a reputation for corruption and organized crime. Combining the rural and urban populations would create one of the biggest cities in the world, and a main anchor for the nation aims to develop its interior economy.It also would mean grappling with some of china thorniest dilemmas, such as rural land rights, a deep income gap and a host of other inequalities. In chongqing, there were few if any safeguards to make sure the communist party chief addressed such issues reasonably.Instead, bo is alleged to have used police in the"Strike black"Effort to torture and imprison some of those whose assets he wanted seized. "During the strike black campaign he did confiscate some privatesector assets,"Said pu yongjian, a prominent economist at chongqing university. "But what was his motivation?I don know. " Local tv and newspaper reporters were, of course, expected to follow the line bo set.The same seemed to apply to prosecutors and judges.One lawyer from a wellconnected beijing firm who tried to prepare a defense for an alleged gangster was himself tried on charges of advising his client to give false testimony.The case was interpreted as a warning sign to other attorneys who were thinking about getting in bo path. "They showed a total disregard for the fundamentals of the law,"Said li zhuang, the lawyer, who was sentenced to prison in january of 2010 and released about a year and a half later. "What they aimed to do was hide all of the wrongdoings, the Louis Vuitton m56381 unlawful things they done in the process of strike black. " Asked about parallels some have drawn between the cultural revolution and bo tactics, li said in a phone interview this week that it was"A very suitable comparison. " Those experiences hint at entrenched tensions between the communist party past and future. A few years after mao death in 1976, the nation embarked on an economic expansion that brought unprecedented growth.But political reform on a similar scale did not follow. More than 30 years later, the formerly impoverished nation of peasants is a world leader.Nonetheless, its core governing structure still resembles that of maoist china, though ruled by consensus of a small group and not just the whims of a dictator.Open examination of the horrors of the cultural revolution remains taboo. Liberal intellectuals in chongqing point to the nation lack of a full public reckoning with the darker aspects of mao legacy as a fundamental problem.Some of the comments may Louis Vuitton Bags Sale be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper.We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point.Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts. The miami herald uses facebook's commenting system.You need to log in with http://olympic-airport-taxis.co.uk/ a facebook account in order to comment.
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