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Zhou Yongkang, Bo Xilai wanted to do 'something big': report

2015/01/14 20:57:44

Bo Xilai (center). Photo courtesy of China Network Television.

Taipei, Jan. 14 (CNA) Zhou Yongkang (周永康) and Bo Xilai (薄熙來), two disgraced former top brass members of the Communist Party of China, had a conspiracy to do "something big" when they were still in power, according to the cover story of the latest issue of the Hong Kong-based Chinese-language Phoenix Weekly (鳳凰週刊).

Zhou, as a standing member of CPC Political Bureau and head of its Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission, secretly met Bo Xilai, who at the time was CPC boss in Chongqing, southwestern China, and they agreed to do something big -- meant toppling the party and state leadership headed by CPC General Secretary and Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平).

The report was cited by many Chinese web portals Wednesday, but Beijing has never either confirmed or rejected the widespread speculation about the coup d'etat plot.

After returning to Beijing, Zhou did not report Bo's suggestion to his superiors, but on the contrary, told his close aides that "we should utilize people like Bo. If we want to accomplish something big, they should have come to our help," the report said.

The report said that the major content of the Zhou-Bo conversation focused on "how to thoroughly abandon former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping's (鄧小平) "reform and open" theory and its implementation.

Both men agreed that Mao Zedong (毛澤東), the founder of Communist China, was right in his points that China's main conflicts "are the conflicts between the proletarian and bourgeois classes and between the routes of communism and capitalism," and that Deng's reform policy has to be changed in order to get back onto the Maoist track.

Deng, the paramount leader of China from 1978 until his retirement in 1992, has been dubbed the "architect" of China's reform and openness policy.

Bo was kicked out of the CPC in September 2012 and given a life sentence by a court in Shandong Province Aug. 22 the following year for corruption, bribery and abuse of power.

The weekly also reported that Zhou has established his "own political gang" to suppress those who refused to follow them and was involved in tens of billions of Chinese yuan-worth of businesses, as well as power-sex and money-sex deals.

Zhou was investigated by the party's Central Commission for Discipline July 29 and expelled from the party Dec. 5.

Zhou and Bo were the highest-ranking party or government officials to be purged in the wake of the anti-corruption drive launched by Xi.

Two other prominent figures who faced the same fate are former Central Military Commission Vice Chairman Xu Caihou (徐才厚) and Ling Jihua (令計劃), then-head of the party's United Front Work Department. Ling was a close aide to Hu Jintao (胡錦濤), Xi's predecessor.

(By Bear Lee)
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