New details have emerged about the Chinese Communist Party’s final meeting held before its 18th National Congress, where it was confirmed that two officials—Bo Xilai, the disgraced former Politburo member, and Liu Zhijun, the former railways minister convicted of corruption—are expelled from the Party.
Two reports were produced by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, the Party agency that goes after corrupt cadres, about the misdeeds of Bo and Liu, according to a source in Beijing. They were said to be “voluminous,” with content that was “very shocking.”
The report on Bo Xilai was not allowed to be taken from the meeting by any of the 365 attendees, the source said.
The political conclave was called the seventh plenum of the 17th Party Congress, the final that will be held before the 18th Party Congress is convened on Nov. 8. This final plenum, which ran from Nov. 1 to Nov. 4 in Beijing, was to finalize preparations for the 18th Congress and implement a variety of other Party administrative procedures—including, for example, a secret amendment to the Communist Party’s constitution.
At the plenum, the promotion of two military men was also decided upon: Xu Qiliang, 62, the commander of the People’s Liberation Army air force, and Fan Changlong, 65, the commander of the PLA’s Jinan Military Area Command, were both promoted to be vice-chairmen of the Central Military Commission, the Communist Party organ that controls the armed forces.
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Editor’s Note: When Chongqing’s former top cop, Wang Lijun, fled for his life to the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu on Feb. 6, he set in motion a political storm that has not subsided. The battle behind the scenes turns on what stance officials take toward the persecution of Falun Gong. The faction with bloody hands—the officials former CCP head Jiang Zemin promoted in order to carry out the persecution—is seeking to avoid accountability for their crimes and to continue the campaign. Other officials are refusing any longer to participate in the persecution. Events present a clear choice to the officials and citizens of China, as well as people around the world: either support or oppose the persecution of Falun Gong. History will record the choice each person makes.