A Communist should have largeness of mind and he should be staunch and active, looking upon the interests of the revolution as his very life and subordinating his personal interests to those of the revolution; always and everywhere he should adhere to principle and wage a tireless struggle against all incorrect ideas and actions, so as to consolidate the collective life of the Party and strengthen the ties between the Party and the masses; he should be more concerned about the Party and the masses than about any private person, and more concerned about others than about himself. Only thus can he be considered a Communist.
BEIJING — After months of backroom political wrangling, the Chinese Communist Party announced late Friday that it would expel renegade Politburo member Bo Xilai and refer him for prosecution before the next party congress.
The 18th party congress, in which a new generation of leadership will be anointed, is to be pushed back to Nov. 8, a considerable delay given that preparations are already in place in Beijing for the meeting to take place in October.
The announcement made during the prime-time nightly news on Friday – on the eve of a week-long public holiday – provides a glimpse into the turmoil beneath the veneer of harmony and stability that the Communist Party is trying to project.
The harsh language suggests that the Chinese government will throw the book at Bo as far as criminal charges. Bo, 63, “received huge bribes personally and through his family…., and maintained improper sexual relationships with a number of women,’’ the government-controlled Xinhua news agency reported. He also was accused of involvement in covering up for his wife, Gu Kailai, who was convicted recently of murdering an Englishman, Neil Heywood, in a bizarre poisoning plot.
Bo’s behavior “badly undermined the reputation of the Party and the country, created very negative impact at home and abroad and significantly damaged the cause of the party and people,’’ the announcement read.
Until earlier this year, Bo had been a leading contender in the next generation of leadership and he remains a hero for many Chinese nostalgic about Communism as it existed before China’s reform and opening. In Chongqing, where he was Communist Party chief until March, he spearheaded a revival of singing and dancing revolutionary songs and a Cultural Revolution-style crackdown on crime.
The son of one of Mao Zedong’s closest comrades, Bo was widely seen as a rival to Xi Jinping, the reform-minded vice president who is to be named next month to succeed Hu Jintao as China’s leader for the next decade.