The political brouhaha over Bo Xilai’s ouster as Chongqing Communist Party Secretary continues to reverberate throughout China’s political system. Most notable is an effort at the top by Premier Wen Jiabao to capitalize on the moment by trying to once again energize his reform agenda.
First, at a press conference following the conclusion of the National People’s Congress in mid-March, Wen commented: “Now reforms in China have come to a critical stage…without a successful political reform, it’s impossible for China to fully institute economic reform and the gains we have made in these areas may be lost, and new problems that popped up in the Chinese society will not be fundamentally resolved…the reform can only go forward and must not stand still, less go backwards because that offers no way out.
China must change its political system or it could once again face a catastrophe on the scale of the Cultural Revolution, said Wen Jiabao, the country’s premier. In a candid press conference that was broadcast live on Chinese state ... Read Post
Premier Wen Jiabao's shocking press conference and the ouster of party chief Bo Xilai signals a big showdown by pols who want a more liberal China. Read Post
Since the controversy surrounding the ouster of Chongqing Party Secretary Bo Xilai in March, China has appeared to be teetering on the edge of reform—or of chaos. While Premier Wen Jiabao’s calls for urgent reform turned into offici... Read Post