Xinhua published a commentary shortly after its report that Bo Xilai, the former Party Chief of the Chongqing Municipality, was charged with bribery, corruption, and abuse of power. The commentary emphasized loyalty to the central government.
“Safeguarding a unified central government and its decrees and following the central leadership … remain the steadfast mainstream of our times.”
“China’s historical experience has repeatedly shown that only safeguarding the central authority can ensure the long-term stability of our country. The central government makes policies and changes personnel from the perspective of the whole country. Its decisions are based on the foundation of the national interest. Policies and personnel changes may touch local interests, but minor matters need to be subordinate to major ones in order for the reform, development, and stability of the country to benefit.”
[Editor’s note: Boxun reported that Bo Xilai and Zhou Yongkang had planned to stop Xi Jinping’s succession and replace him (IBT February 2012).]
Source: Xinhua, July 25, 2013