Why Bo Xilai’s Life Sentence Marks China’s True Return To Maoism

Truthfully, this doesn’t necessarily mark a “true return”. This is nothing short of evidence of a continued practice of Maoism. The CCP’s long-range strategy hasn’t changed one bit since Mao’s departure. With the U.S. in suicidal decline, China can more often openly display its true intentions. This is only but a new chapter in the evolution of Maoism through the employment of Sun Tzu strategy — something still very relevant in China today.

Last week finally saw the epilogue of the eventful Bo Xilai affair. The former high-ranking official of the single-party state, both a member of the Chinese Community Party (CCP) Politburo and the most powerful figure of the Chongqing municipality, was sentenced to life imprisonment by a court in the Shandong province. But this legal and political saga is far from being over, as there are other similar cases that have yet to play out.

It was no coincidence that Bo Xilai’s trial took place in a different province than the one where his clans and networks were based. He operated in the Sichuan province, where he tried to sideline rivals under the cover of a vast anti-corruption campaign, and also in the Shanxi province, where he was born and inherited the network of connections built by his father, the revolutionary and former top party official Bo Yibo. Only in this way can the justice system of a single-party state overcome clan networks.

As in the time of the Maoist revolution in the 1940s and 1950s, the policy of the Central Committee — the 350-member CCP authority — is to target the sources of regional and local tyrannies, where power and wealth are accumulated through networks of personal connections greased with luxurious presents and lavish banquets. Then, as now, the goal was to replace the tyrannical power of the clan networks with the single-party state’s power.

In this way, President Xi Jinping launched a vast mass mobilization campaign based on the Maoist model. He called on Chinese citizens to report, via Internet services provided by the government, any corrupt behavior, whether it be the use of public money to offer valuable gifts or trips, or inviting people to banquets as a means to expand a clan network.

Full article: Why Bo Xilai’s Life Sentence Marks China’s True Return To Maoism (Worldcrunch)

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