Bo Xilai's Fall Complicates China's Leadership Transition

Bo Xilai at the third plenary meeting of the National People's Congress, Great Hall of the People, Beijing, on March 9 Photograph by Feng Li/Getty Images

Former high-flying conservative Bo Xilai has been suspended from China’s Central Committee, a 200-plus-member top leadership body, as well as the more powerful Politburo, now with two dozen members. The charge: “suspected of being involved in serious discipline violations,” said Xinhua news agency on April 10. And in a stunning development, the state news agency also announced that Bo’s wife, Gu Kailai, and an orderly from the Bo household are “highly suspected” in the homicide of a British businessman who died in Chongqing last November.

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