From Bo to Weibo, an open China is still on trial

Bo Xilai’s ‘show trial’ was touted as a salute to a more open and accountable China, but behind its theatre other crackdowns are underway ahead of the Third Party Plenum.

Over the past five days the trial of former Chongqing party boss – and aspirant, princeling, leader – Bo Xilai has transfixed urban China. In a break with past practice, much of the trial was held in public, with delayed reports and transcripts posted on China’s Twitter equivalent, Weibo. In the event, the trial of the century was a damp squib.

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