Bo Xilai Recorded Proclaiming Himself China’s Future, Website Says

March 5, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
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Bo Xilai (L) and Wang Lijun (R). (Epoch Times Photo Archive).

When Wang Lijun, the former henchman of Bo Xilai, the ambitious Communist Party chieftain of the province-level city of Chongqing, attempted to defect on Feb. 6 at the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu, he brought with him an audio tape of his former boss, according to the dissident Chinese-language website Boxun. In Boxun’s account of the contents of  that tape, Bo does not hold back, giving his frank opinions of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leadership and of his own crucial role.

Wang had fled to the Consulate from Chongqing fearing that Bo, after learning that Wang was being investigated by central Party authorities, meant to assassinate Wang. Bo is thought to have feared that Wang would reveal details of Bo’s own corruption. Wang’s bid to defect and then his surrender to Beijing authorities was an attempt to fight back against Bo—upon leaving the Chengdu Consulate on Feb. 7, Wang is reported to have shouted he would not be Bo’s “sacrificial lamb.”

The Washington Free Beacon quoted a U.S. government insider as saying Wang brought with him to the Consulate a stack of documents. According to an insider quoted by Boxun, among those documents was an audiotape of Bo in conversation.

On the tape, Bo is reported to have said that former head of the CCP Jiang Zemin is the “current Empress Dowager Cixi“—a powerful and charismatic woman who unofficially but effectively controlled the Manchu Qing Dynasty in China for 47 years, from 1861 to 1908. 

Bo described current CCP head Hu Jintao as the “Emperor Xian of Han,” who was the last emperor (reigned 189–220) of the Han Dynasty and was thought to be nothing but a puppet, with even Han loyalists abusing his sovereignty. 

Bo also talked about Xi Jinping, ticketed to succeed Hu at the 18th Party Congress later this year. Bo said Xi is “Liu E’dou,” the infant name of Liu Shan, the second and last emperor of the state of Shu Han during the Three Kingdoms era of Chinese history. Liu Shan was commonly perceived as an incapable, even retarded ruler. 

Bo said it is he that will lead the China into its future, not the current nine incompetent and mentally retarded members, nor the new “incompetent and mentally retarded” members selected by the current members. Bo is referring to the nine members of the Standing Committee of the Politburo, the small group that rules China, and how they are expected to choose a new Standing Committee at the 18th Party Congress.

The Boxun report went on to say that Bo Xilai and his wife Gu Kailai had accumulated 8 billion yuan (US$1.3 billion) before they moved from northeastern Liaoning Province to Chongqing. Bo is said to have now transferred most of his money to the United States, Canada, Britain, and France. 

The Boxun article referred to Bo as the largest “naked official” in China. In today’s China, a “naked official” refers to Chinese Communist Party officials who stay in mainland China while sending their wives, children, and money abroad.

Bo’s son Bo Guagua attended the Harrow School for boys in the UK, and later went on to study at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. 

Since Wang Lijun attempted to defect, Boxun has had an uncanny record of reporting the details of the story using anonymous sources and later being proven correct. Commentators have speculated that CCP officials are using Boxun to leak information damaging to Bo Xilai. The Epoch Times has not been able to confirm Boxun’s report about the audiotape of Bo Xilai.