Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Bo's Downfall May Alter China's N. Korea Policy

An expert believes the ouster of Bo Xilai could help China to push North Korea towards reform and a cessation of provocative acts. Read more.

This reporter is skeptical. While it is true that Bo is considered a neo-Maoist and a member of China's New Left, he was, until his downfall, essentially a privileged princeling (he's the son of Bo Yibo, one of the Eight Immortals) who used nostalgia for Mao to advance his career and amass wealth for himself, his family and his cronies. The struggle between China's so-called leftists (ironically referred to by western media as reactionaries) and reformers is really a fight over the future of bloated, state-run enterprises. Bo and his allies and followers wanted to maintain control over the companies in order to provide jobs for their constituencies and to milk them for personal profit; the reformers are eager to privatize--or piratize--the companies for personal gains. Mao and Marxism have nothing to do with any of this.

Endnote: Linking Bo to North Korea smacks of disinformation--a case of Chinese Communist Party officials seeking to further discredit the disgraced Bo by feeding foreign friends what they want to hear.

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