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    Wang Lijun Probe Could Mean Bleak Future for Bo Xilai


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    Chongqing's Communist Party chief faces a bleak political future--following the incident with his second-in-command Wang Lijun. Bo Xilai had hoped to enter the Communist Party's top leadership, the nine-member Politburo Standing Committee, later this year. But now one China analyst says those hopes are dashed.

    Chongqing Communist Party Secretary Bo Xilai appeared at ease during a meeting with the Canadian Prime Minister on Saturday. But a political storm may be brewing for Bo, who is the top official in Chongqing, a provincial-level city in southwest China. Bo had long-hoped to enter the top ranks of the Communist Party. But China analyst Zhang Tianliang says that dream is over.

    [Professor Zhang Tianliang, Senior China Analyst]:
    "Bo Xilai can never make it to the Standing Committee of the Politburo. That's for sure."

    Bo's former right-hand man Wang Lijun is now being investigated, and is likely to turn in evidence against Bo.

    Wang is the deputy mayor and former police chief of Chongqing. He made headlines last week when he went into the US consulate in Chengdu, a city four hours away from Chongqing.

    Chinese media reported that Bo Xilai dispatched dozens of police cars to intercept Wang in Chengdu.

    [Professor Zhang Tianliang, Senior China Analyst]:
    "When 70 police vehicles from Chongqing surrounded the US consulate, we know that Bo Xilai was very afraid that something will happen. He really wanted to hijack Wang Lijun back to Chongqing."

    Instead, Wang Lijun left the US consulate with state security officials. A passenger list circulating online shows that Wang flew to Beijing with three security officials from two different ministries.

    [Professor Tianliang Zhang, China Analyst]:
    "We can see officials from state security ministry came to Chengdu and took Wang Lijun away,