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    Irregularities Dog Bo Xilai's "Chongqing Model" Anti-Crime Sweep


    by NTDTelevision

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    Bo Xilai and Wang Lijun were praised for their campaign against organized crime. But after new information came to light, their actions also earned the pair—and the city's judicial system—a reputation for breaking the law. We continue our coverage of the scandal that could bring down a well-known communist official.

    Since Chongqing's former Chief of Police Wang Lijun visited the US consulate in Chengdu City on February 6th, speculation has been rife over what he will expose about Bo Xilai, the man responsible for Wang's rise to power.

    Bo and Wang are credited for the "Chongqing Model"—an anti-crime campaign launched in 2009. State-run media highly publicized the gang-busting sweep, hailing the pair as heroes. But concerns soon rose over Bo's tactics—the charismatic and ambitious 'princeling' of the Chinese Communist Party is known for being ruthless in his efforts to ascend to political stardom.

    [Professor Zhang Tianliang, NTD Senior China Analyst]:
    "People thought that Bo Xilai was fighting with organized crime, but it just turned out that Bo Xilai is fighting with the people who he has special interest with. Like ex-officials because he wants to control the whole bureaucratic system."

    This pursuit brought down Chongqing's then Justice Minister Wen Qiang. Bo and Wang successfully had him tried for corruption, and Wen was swiftly executed in July 2010.

    Aside from political opponents, Bo and Wang were also criticized for using the campaign for economic gains.

    [Professor Zhang Tianliang, NTD Senior China Analyst]:
    "When Bo Xilai launched this political campaign of busting the organized crime, he actually arrested a lot of businessmen, like industrialists. Because, he wanted to confiscate their property and their money and bribe somebody more important; so a lot of such people were put in jail."