Taipei, April 18 (CNA) China's state-run Xinhua News Agency warned Tuesday against power abuses by leading officials after the recent removal of Bo Xilai from his posts in the Communist Party of China (CPC).
Bo was fired as the CPC secretary in the southwestern municipality of Chongqing on March 15, after Wang lijun, Chongqing's deputy mayor and former police chief, allegedly sought political asylum at the American consulate in Chengdu in early February.
The Communist Party went a step further on April 10, kicking Bo out of its Central Committee and Political Bureau for "seriously violating party discipline" and putting him under investigation by its Central Commission for Discipline Inspection.
Bo's wife Gu Kailai was taken in by judicial authorities for interrogation on her suspected role in last November's murder of Neil Heywood, a British businessman who had a close links to the Bo family.
In a commentary on its English-language site Tuesday night, Xinhua said the CPC has made a resolute decision to thoroughly investigate related events around the Bo family and release information in a timely manner. This is a manifestation of the CPC's high sense of responsibility to the causes of the party and the people, the news agency said.
The move also demonstrates the CPC's determination to safeguard the socialist rule of law, to investigate and handle every discipline violation and "never tolerate corruption," in order to ensure the purity of the party, Xinhua said.
Based on the facts made public so far, the Wang Lijun incident is a serious political event that has created an adverse effect both at home and abroad, it said.
The death of Neil Heywood is a serious criminal case involving the family and aides of a party and state leader, it added.
Observers have stated that the handling of related events has demonstrated the party's willingness to strictly enforce party discipline and law, as well as "improve supervision of leading officials."
China is in the midst of a social transitional process and it is a crucial test for the CPC to ensure the purity of the party's officials, the commentary said.
At a time of profound changes in global, national and intra-party conditions, the CPC is facing long-term tests in governing the country, in reform and opening up and in developing China's market economy, as well as tests from the external environment, the commentary said.
"The party is also being confronted with the danger of a slackened spirit, incompetence, divorced relations from the people, inactivity and corruption," it said.
The CPC has recognized that to serve the people in a whole-hearted, practical, honest and clean manner, "the ruling party has to ensure that power is exercised in an appropriate way," Xinhua said. It also has to restrict and supervise its power and conduct the power-wielding process under great scrutiny, the commentary added.
Supervising the use of power means that the entire process must be effectively restricted and supervised, it said. "Those in power should be concerned about and held responsible for the results of their usage of power," it added.
The investigation of Bo serves as a declaration to all party members that "no matter what position one holds, party members shall never place themselves over party discipline and the law, nor shall they ignore the basic fact that power is conferred by the people and should be exercised for them," the news agency said.
"No one should leave it to chance that they can take advantage of power to seek personal gain without being punished. In this sense, the investigation into Bo's disciplinary violations can be interpreted as a move to better supervise the use of power," it said.
The commentary was the first of its kind by Xinhua since the Bo incident came to light.
(By Bear Lee)