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Following purge in Chinese province, Beijing tightens grip

Beijing, Wed, 21 Mar 2012 ANI

Beijing, Mar.21 (ANI): The Chinese government has tightened its grip in Chongqing Province after removing Communist Party secretary Bo Xilai on charges of nepotism.


Beijing has started targeting the "red singing" he had encouraged in the southwestern city, part of an approach that has widened an ideological rift among the party elite.


Political analysts were quoted by the Wall Street Journal, as saying that China's central leaders have to be careful not to be seen as going against historical Communist Party values.


Before his sacking, Bo was the champion promoter of a strong state role in the economy, and found widespread support among those who feared rapid privatization of state wealth.


His firing last week has shaken China's political establishment, and exposed such high-level divisions just ahead of its once-a-decade leadership transition beginning this fall.


The highly unusual purge has raised questions about whether the party can restore the internal political unity needed to preserve its grip on power.


Beijing has released little information on its handling of Chongqing, beyond announcing last week that Zhang Dejiang, a vice premier with strong ties to state industry leaders, had taken over Bo's position.


The whereabouts of Bo and his family remained unclear, including whether he is under house arrest or has been taken into police custody.


Political analysts have said he may be allowed to retain his seat on the country's Politburo and avoid formal corruption or other charges if he agrees to cooperate with authorities and doesn't challenge his removal. (ANI)


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