Two years ago, Gary Locke arrived in Beijing as the new U.S. ambassador. Now, Locke has announced that he will resign his post early in 2014 to rejoin his family in Seattle. Locke handled a number of diplomatic crises during his tenure, including the visit of former Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun to the U.S. consulate in Chengdu, which set in motion the downfall of Bo Xilai, and the harboring of activist Chen Guangcheng in the U.S. embassy in Beijing. Chinese netizens bid him adieu.
Speaking on PBS Newshour, Orville Schell describes the case of disgraced official Bo Xilai as “sublimely embarrassing” to China’s leadership.
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Today’s top story at China Digital Times looks at how Bo’s reputation—and fate—have survived his trial.
I will wait quietly in the prison. My father was jailed many times. I will follow his footsteps.
The long-awaited trial of fallen Chongqing Party chief Bo Xilai for bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power concluded on Monday after five days, three more than expected. The date of the verdict’s announcement has yet to be decided. Read about the aftermath from China Digital Times. (image: “Power Games” by Badiucao)