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Why The Bo Xilai Affair Isn't Just About China

Analysis: the ouster of Bo Xilai, one of China's most powerful political leaders, threatens to shake Beijing's domestic affairs. But the spectacular --and notably public-- fall from grace will reverberate around a world ever more influen

Bo Xilai's star seems to have disappeared from the galaxy of Chinese power for good. The heavyweight of Chongqing – one of China's top five mega-cities – was one of the best-known public figures in the country. He was a member of the Politburo, as well as a "princeling," an offspring of one of the heroes of the Chinese Revolution.

Bo never hid his ambition to achieve a place on the Standing Committee, the highest political institution in China that brings together the nine "emperors' who govern the country.

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