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Bo's Case Shows Resilience of Rule of Law: Global Times

04-11 16:59 Caijing
This emergency, starting from Wang Lijun seeking refuge at the US consulate in Chengdu in February, shows that China has its own resilience. It is not easily disrupted by sudden incident.

The official Global Times published a commentary on Bo Xilai’s suspension on Wednesday as follows:

The Central Committee of CPC announced Tuesday the suspension of Bo Xilai's membership from the Central Committee and its Politburo.

Bo's wife and one orderly of his family were suspected to be connected to the death of British businessman Neil Heywood. The case is now under investigation.

The high-profile case has finally brought an initial conclusion to two months of speculations and rumors. This emergency, starting from former deputy mayor of Chongqing Wang Lijun seeking refuge at the US consulate in Chengdu in February, shows that China has its own resilience. It is not easily disrupted by sudden incidents.

Law is the base to deal with problems at all levels. This is the foundation for China to keep a healthy political structure.

When the Wang Lijun case was disclosed, the government did not cover it up but initiated an investigation accordingly. This is no longer the era where China would rather cover issues up to avoid revealing problems.

The CPC's decision against Bo highlights that nobody is above the law and discipline in China. Power abuses are not allowed no matter how superior one's authority is. Local affairs cannot be dominated by an individual's interests.

The development of the country, including the problems associated with it, is within the control of the authorities, as this sudden incident has shown. The authority of the CPC Central Committee is ensured by the smooth development of the country and resolute investigation of rule-breaking cases. This time, authority has shone through again. Public opinion has been expecting a clear stance from the CPC Central Committee recently, showing public support and acknowledgement of it.

This incident has had dramatic twists but the process following it has been smooth. The country has steadily overcome a bump before the 18th National Congress of the CPC.

Such reliability is important to China. It ensures the country will not be distracted from its main goal by such emergencies.

Reliability is expected from the top government, and from the grass-roots as well. 

Although the latter's voice often appears to be chaotic when looking at public information platforms, at its core lies a strong wish for stability. The Chinese people don't want their personal and social development disturbed by any unexpected events or foreign interference.

Thus, two major events will remain steady in China. The country will continuously carry out reform and opening-up and will stick to its fundamental political system.

In fact, the political choice it has made will dwarf many of today's breaking news in history.

What this case has brought to China is merely occasional. China is moving fast. In a few months, the global limelight will pour on the country's 18th CPC National Congress. Chinese society will quickly shift its interest away from Chongqing to Beijing then, for that event will lead them into the future.


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