Prison may unlock a political opportunity for Bo Xilai

China's leaders are hoping that a life sentence will solve the political problem of Bo Xilai. But if things go pear-shaped for the Chinese economy, Bo Xilai may reemerge as a viable socialist alternative.

The conviction and life sentence handed down to the charismatic former Chongqing boss Bo Xilai for corruption and embezzlement seemingly brings an end to the political career of the most popular Chinese politician in a generation.

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