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April 20th, 2012
09:14 AM ET

Politics behind Bo's woes

By now, people around the world are familiar with the name Bo Xilai. Some, like me, are completely captivated by the daily developments of this sensational story. But there are still more questions than answers.

Many recent revelations are little more than rumors. Chinese state-media have published few official details. Instead, there has been an endless wave of commentaries with headlines including:

"CPC shows no tolerance for corruption"
"Bo investigation warns officials of power abuse"
"Criminal case shall not be interpreted as political struggle"

Beijing is clearly trying hard to contain the scandal. But rifts in the ruling Communist party are already exposed.

China analyst Willy Lam puts the politics into historical perspective and speculates on the fate of Bo, his wife and the deputy-turned-whistle-blower.

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