Dalian

Factions battle in China

A friend of mine with and eye for Foreign affairs comments on the fall from grace of Bo Xlai:

The mystery of China baffles everybody. The analysis that Bo Xlai is running a Maoist resurgence could not be further from the truth. Yet every analyst appears to have bought into it. It clearly suits the Chinese politburo to proliferate that belief as if they’re holding the line against a new Mao. In fact, Bo Xlai is far too Western friendly and has a track record, particularly in Dalian city of progressing, liberalising and opening up to foreign investment. He was deliberately placed in Chongqing in the hope his liberalising tendencies would be buried by the challenges of cleaning up China’s largest city. The Communists wanted to neutralise him, but he showed his talent by being far too successful. The spotlight he thrust on corruption proved a huge embarrassment to the Chinese leadership and a manufactured corruption crisis was used to bring him down. Make no mistake, the real Maoists maintain power.

You won’t see much of this reported in NZ, it is far too complicated for media more concerned with whether or not John Key took a helicopter ride.

For context though you need to understand that that there is an internal wrestling match for power in China, which in now widely understood. Hu Jintao last week made an unprecedented statement which was a shot across the bows of Bo. They never speak publicly so they see this as a massive threat. Bo clearly didn;t take the hint and so they have moved against him.

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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