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    Bo Xilai May Lose Politburo Position, Advisor to Former CCP Chairman Predicts


    by NTDTelevision

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    Although Communist official Bo Xilai has already lost his positions in Chongqing, now his future among the regime's central authorities also hangs in the balance. An advisor to former Chinese leader Hu Yaobang, tells NTD why he thinks Bo will lose his position on the Politburo at the end of this year.

    Disgraced Communist Party official Bo Xilai has been relieved of his posts in Chongqing after a scandal in which his deputy mayor fled to the US Consulate. However, Bo is still a member of the Central Politburo—a 24-member committee of high-level Communist Party leaders. But Ruan Ming, an advisor to former Chairman Hu Yaobang, says even this position now seems to be a formality.

    [Ruan Ming, Former Advisor to Hu Yaobang]:
    "The Politburo members are elected (by the Party), but now he has nothing to do with the title. His actual work was in Chongqing. After he lost his job there, 'Politburo member' just became an empty title. Politburo members are chosen by the Central Politburo Standing Committee. At the 18th Party Congress he will not be chosen again, who would vote for him?"

    Ruan Ming says that Bo's downfall is unraveling a net of crimes that are connected with Zhou Yongkang—the Director of the CCP Central Committee's Public Security Commission and part of Jiang Zemin's faction of hardliners. Jiang's faction is in opposition to the current leadership of the Party.

    [Ruan Ming, Former Advisor to Hu Yaobang]:
    "Right now, the bad things that have been done by them, are all things that link back to Zhou Yongkang. Suppressing Falun Gong and the like are all connected with Zhou. When [the persecution of Falun Gong] all started, Zhou and Bo were involved. Zhou supported Bo Xilai. He also went to Chongqing many times to support the 'Singing Red Songs' and 'Beat the Black' campaigns, so they are still going on."