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    Praised as Crime Fighters, Bo Xilai and Wang Lijun Built Careers on Torture

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    And we continue to follow this developing story by learning more about the past of Wang Lijun. Forbes Magazine called him a "crusading lawman." But a closer look at Wang Lijun--and his boss Bo Xilai--reveals that they built their political careers on torture.

    Speculation about the political futures of Chongqing Party Secretary Bo Xilai and his deputy mayor Wang Lijun have put them in the international spotlight. It follows rumors that Wang sought asylum at a US consulate last Monday. While some Western media have called the pair crusaders against crime—many Chinese have a different perspective.

    [Professor Zhang Tianliang, NTD Senior China Analyst]:
    "There is a gap between how Westerners and Chinese people perceive Bo Xilai because the voice of Chinese people cannot be heard."

    Before they arrived in Chongqing, both Bo and Wang advanced their political careers by persecuting people who practiced Falun Gong. It's a spiritual practice that was banned in China in 1999 by then-Chinese leader Jiang Zemin.

    [Professor Zhang Tianliang, NTD Senior China Analyst]:
    "The largest campaign that Jiang launched was the persecution of Falun Gong. So Bo was trying his best to please Jiang. He did a lot of unspeakable crimes in Dalian and also in Liaoning Province."

    Bo Xilai was once governor of Liaoning Province, one of the places where the persecution of Falun Gong was most severe. As governor, he oversaw some of the country's most notorious labor camps, like Masanjia and Sujiatun. At places like these, at least 90 prisoners of conscience were confirmed to have been beaten or tortured to death during Bo's tenure as governor.
    Because of this, Bo was served with lawsuits whenever he traveled overseas.
    [Professor Zhang Tianliang, NTD Senior China Analyst]:
    "Wherever he went, Falun Gong practitioners filed lawsuits against him.