Apr. 14 - Once one of China's most powerful politicians, Bo Xilai has become the subject of much mocking - including in an animated short - after his ouster from the upper echelons of the Communist Party. Andrew Raven reports.
For years, Bo Xilai, seated on the right, was a rising star in the Chinese Communist Party. As chief of the southern city of Chongqing, he built a reputation - and cult following - as campaigner against corruption and organized crime. But his career came to a crashing halt earlier this month when he was booted from the upper echelons of the party. His downfall has become the subject of much mocking, including this animated video by a Taiwan company. His Mao Zedong-like crackdown on organised crime has also sparked criticisms that he acted outside law. And his wife, lawyer Gu Kailai, is a suspect in the November death of one-time business associate and British national Neil Haywood. While the string of events is the most tumultuous political upheaval in decades, it only serves as evidence of stability within the nation's leadership, says one analyst. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DEAN OF SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES AT HONG KONG UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, DAVID ZWEIG SAYING: "My own view is that it's really more leadership stability than instability, because everybody can get together and decide that this person who was likely to be an unstable force has been removed from power." The son of a noted revolutionary, Bo took over as Chongqing party boss in 2007 after years in other government posts. Andrew Raven, Reuters