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Bo’s Son Defends Father After China Party Expulsion Order

Former Politburo Member Bo Xilai
Bo Xilai, former Chinese Communist Party secretary of Chongqing was expelled from the Chinese Communist Party on Sept. 28. Photographer: Nelson Ching/Bloomberg

Oct. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Bo Guagua, the younger son of former Politburo member Bo Xilai, who was expelled from the Chinese Communist Party last week, defended his father as being “upright” and “devoted to duty.”

Bo Guagua said the allegations against Bo Xilai contradict what he knows about his father, in a Sept. 29 statement on his Tumblr account.

“Personally, it is hard for me to believe the allegations that were announced against my father, because they contradict everything I have come to know about him throughout my life,” Bo Guagua said. “Although the policies my father enacted are open to debate, the father I know is upright in his beliefs and devoted to duty.”

China’s Communist Party expelled Bo Xilai on Sept. 28 and said he will face criminal charges after reaching consensus on a murder scandal that roiled the political elite, clearing the way for a once-in-a-decade transition of power in November.

Bo Xilai abused his power, bore “major responsibility” in the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood and had improper sexual relations with several women, the official Xinhua News Agency said in the announcement that day.

Support for Hu

The communist party committee in China’s southern Guangdong province, headed by Wang Yang, published a statement in the official Guangzhou Daily yesterday saying it will firmly support the central committee’s decision on Bo.

Premier Wen Jiabao said at a Sept. 29 dinner that China will stick to opening up and reform and will “unite around General Secretary Hu Jintao,” Xinhua reported. The event, celebrating the 63th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China on Oct. 1, was attended by all nine members in the Politburo’s elite Standing Committee, Xinhua reported.

Bo Xilai was the party chief of southwestern China’s Chongqing Municipality until he was ousted in March. He was suspended from the Politburo in April and accused of serious disciplinary violations, as his wife, Gu Kailai, was detained over the murder of Heywood.

Gu was convicted Aug. 20 and sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve after she confessed in a one-day trial to poisoning Heywood in a hotel room because she believed he posed a threat to her son as a result of a financial dispute.

Bo Xilai’s wrongdoing dates back to his time as mayor of Dalian, governor of Liaoning province and minister of commerce, Xinhua said on Sept. 28. It said investigators had “found clues to his suspected involvement in other crimes.”

In a separate Xinhua announcement that same day, the Politburo said it will hold the 18th Communist Party Congress, where China’s next generation of leaders will be anointed, beginning on Nov. 8.

To contact the reporter on this story: Fox Hu in Hong Kong at fhu7@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Paul Tighe at ptighe@bloomberg.net

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