Bo Xilai a man in the center of political “storm” in China.

The say that in the world of politics “Absolute power corrupts” and this certainly seems to be the case in Chinese politics these days. This was clearly evident in the case of the murder of a British business consultant Neil Heywood by one of China’s most charismatic politician Bo Xilai and his lawyer wife Gu Kalai. This clearly indicates that all is not well within Chinese politics and underneath a shining economy is an explosive lava of dirty Chinese politics ready to erupt at any given moment

This dirty face of China’s politics was brought to light when Wang Lijun a police chief of megalopolis of Chonqing who was for years under the patronage of Bo Xilai until the February 6th when things changed drastically. As it was on this day that Wang opened a can of worms by revealing that Bo Xilai and his wife Gu was responsible for the death of British business consulate Chonqing who was mysteriously found dead in November. The reason for the killing of Heywood was a demand of a big cut for funnelling the Bo family’s black unaccounted wealth overseas. This clearly is an indication of growing corruption prevalent under the surface of Chinese politics which could erupt anytime and, in Bo’s case it certainly seems so. Another instance where the growing rise of corruption is clearly evident is in the case of  Chen Guancheng a blind legal advocate who was also named in Times 100 most influential people in 2006. Chen who has been fighting for women in Shandong province against forced abortion or sterilization a policy of the Chinese government has been put under house arrest since 2010. Clearly making it evident that the politics of China is indeed very grim and is bloodstained to say the least.

What is also being clearly evident now is that the issues of rampant corruption can no longer be kept in secrecy. The cases of Bo and Chen is only a tip of an iceberg which if not dealt could cause a huge problem to China’s progress towards economic supremacy and its ambitions to become the next world superpower. As Dali Yang a professor of political science at the University of Chicago quite rightly quotes “ There is growing number of people frustrated with the government’s effort to maintain stability at all cost and yet their voices have not been heard”. This statement clearly emphasizing the fact the need to resolve these issues at hand before it gets out of control. What these recent incidents also shows the world and as Orville Schell head of the Center on US-China relations at the Asia Society rightly says “It shows that China too has its dysfunctional side”  and is certainly far from being perfect.

With China rapidly undergoing economic development it can ill afford its corrupted and at times bloodstained politics to raise its ugly head at any given time. Although what really remains to be seen is whether the present generation of  Chinese leaders are strong enough to resolve the past issues and move forward or remain in the past and continue the dirty political games China has been plagued with now for generations.

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The say that in the world of politics “Absolute power corrupts” and this certainly seems to be the case in Chinese politics these days. This was clearly evident in the case of the murder of a British business consultant Neil Heywood by one of China’s most charismatic politician Bo...