On Sunday, a Chinese court found disgraced Chongqing Party boss Bo Xilai guilty of the crimes of bribe-taking, embezzlement, and abuse of power, sentencing him to life in prison. It is, at least nominally, the end of an 18-month scandal that saw the formerly high-flying Bo brought low after his right-hand man Wang Lijun tried to defect to a U.S. consulate.
For those outside the top reaches of the Chinese government, trying to follow, process, and understand the Bo Xilai affair has often been a frustrating process "Why can't there be discussion of the Bo Xilai trial?" asked Sina Weibo user A Flea On Thorny Mountain on Sept. 22, after the verdict was announced. "Ever since ancient times, the winners have been crowned and the losers vilified. Xilai has come to accept that unpleasant ... [view whole blog post ]