China's Communists Boot Bo as Transition Looms
Central Committee ends final meeting before party congress
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 5, 2012 2:34 AM CST
Chinese senior leaders attend the Seventh Plenary Session of the 17th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China in Beijing yesterday.   (AP Photo/Xinhua, Li Xueren)

(Newser) – China's ruling Communist elite have endorsed the expulsion of former high-flying politician Bo Xilai and approved final preparations for the party's upcoming congress. The closed-door meeting of the Central Committee that ended yesterday was the last before Communist Party leader Hu Jintao and other government officials begin to cede power to Vice President Xi Jinping and others at the congress, which opens Thursday.

The Central Committee said in a statement carried by the official Xinhua News Agency that it endorsed decisions to expel Bo and former Railways Minister Liu Zhijun, who faces corruption charges, from the Communist Party. Bo is accused of a range of misdeeds including covering up his wife's murder of a British businessman. The Central Committee's statement applauded its performance over the past five years. "Faced with a complicated international environment and an arduous task of stable reform and development, the entire party under General Secretary Hu Jintao ... withstood the test of all types of difficulties and risks," it said.

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Nov 5, 2012 12:58 PM CST
China's situation is a lot more complex than it seems. There are near constant riots in many parts of the country, so while the rich are doing everything they can to hold on to their money, the government has to act to quell dissent. Their main method is using riot police, but this method is losing efficacy. There are only two ways to go once the riot police stop working: send in the army, or actually fix the problem. If the government makes the wrong choice or screws up the implementation they could end up with another French Revolution.
Nov 5, 2012 10:34 AM CST
who actually pulls the strings of China's Commies there is always a master puppeteer..can anyone answer my inquiry?
Nov 5, 2012 7:05 AM CST
Making sure the divide continues to grow between the wealthy and the poor. The government has got a new slogan, "all for me and none for you." If the new leader has a problem it's how he's going to end up as wealthy as the existing leader.