the bear wrote:Isn't this just a great story? It's like those 1930's Shanghai drama's. High party officials, expats, lust, poison....the works.
Gu Kailai Said to Have Named Zhou Yongkang as Coup Mastermind
Gu Kailai, the wife of an ousted Chinese politician, may have given evidence against her husband's ally in order to save herself from the death penalty.
Gu was arrested on April 10—the same day her husband Bo Xilai was sacked as Chongqing's Communist Party Secretary. Gu is likely to be convicted for the murder of British citizen and family friend Neil Heywood.
According to online news service Boxun, an anonymous source on Thursday said that Gu Kailai exposed a plot between Zhou Yongkang and Bo Xilai to stage a coup against upcoming leader Xi Jinping. Gu apparently named Zhou as the mastermind behind the coup, calling him the "bad egg" in the Communist Party's Politburo Standing Committee.
Jive Turkey wrote: Heywood was an English teacher in Dalian when he first became acquainted with Gu Kailai and Bo Xilai. The guy came from a well-off family and went to Harrow, but was really just a nobody who craved the lifestyle of a dandy. He would have continued to be a complete nobody if he had not established a relationship with Gu and Bo.
Jive Turkey wrote:At first I was wondering if the story would have been better with a Canadian dope-smoker angle, but this story having taken place on the mainland rather than Taiwan, I think the whole Harrow-educated-Pom who failed to get into Oxbridge and could then only manage the dandy lifestyle in a 3rd world country thing fits much better.
As to how Heywood managed to connect with Bo and Gu, the story is that he taught their son Bo Guagua English, and helped him get into Harrow. I've also read the Bo Guagua was nearly tossed out of Oxford in his first year due to his hard-partying lifestyle.
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