China learnt "profound lesson" from Bo Xilai scandal, party says

BEIJING Wed Nov 7, 2012 3:39pm IST

Bo Xilai (2nd R), then Governor of Liaoning Province, pauses at the China Entrepreneur Annual Meeting 2003 in Beijing in this December 7, 2003 file photo. REUTERS/Jason Lee/Files

Bo Xilai (2nd R), then Governor of Liaoning Province, pauses at the China Entrepreneur Annual Meeting 2003 in Beijing in this December 7, 2003 file photo.

Credit: Reuters/Jason Lee/Files

Related Topics

BEIJING (Reuters) - China learnt a profound lesson from the Bo Xilai scandal and the Communist Party will make fighting corruption a top priority, a party spokesman said on Wednesday.

Bo, once a contender for top leadership in the world's second-largest economy, was ousted in China's biggest political scandal in two decades earlier this year.

"Our country is a society in transition, the phenomenon of corruption happens easily and often and is a long-term and arduous task for the party (to tackle)," spokesman Cai Mingzhao told a news conference a day before a key congress begins which will usher in a generational leadership change.

"The issues of Bo Xilai and Liu Zhijun ... occurred at senior levels within the party and are serious corruption cases; the lessons (learnt) were extremely profound," Cai said, referring also to a railways minister sacked for graft last year.

Cai pledged that the party would "strengthen supervision" and "accelerate the formation of a system for punishing and preventing corruption, and gradually eliminate the breeding ground for corruption".

Bo's wife, Gu Kailai, and his former police chief, Wang Lijun, have both been jailed over the scandal that stemmed from the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood while Bo was Communist Party chief of the southwestern city of Chongqing.

The government has accused Bo of corruption and of bending the law to hush up the murder. Prosecutors formally began a criminal probe into Bo last month but have yet to announce charges.

The congress will see President Hu Jintao will give up his position as head of the party to anointed successor Vice President Xi Jinping. The presidency is then transferred next March at the annual meeting of parliament.

(Writing by Nick Macfie; Editing by Ben Blanchard and Sui-Lee Wee)

FILED UNDER:
Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

REUTERS SHOWCASE

China Praised

China Praised

United States praises China's growing role in Afghanistan.  Full Article 

New MERS Cases

New MERS Cases

Saudi Arabia finds six new MERS cases as outbreak grows.  Full Article 

Hazing Death Case

Hazing Death Case

South Korean court-martial jails soldiers in hazing death case.  Full Article 

Fighting Ebola

Fighting Ebola

Why do some survive Ebola? Sierra Leone study offers clues.  Full Article | Related Story 

Famine Conditions

Famine Conditions

At least 3 million in Somalia in need of aid - U.N. Secretary General.  Full Article 

Islamic State Seige

Islamic State Seige

Kurdish convoy heads to Syria to take on Islamic State.  Full Article 

Tunisia Election

Tunisia Election

Tunisia's main secular party wins most seats - authorities.  Full Article 

Failed Launch

Failed Launch

Probe of Virginia rocket blast begins; space station supplied.  Full Article 

Active Volcano

Active Volcano

Hawaii lava crosses residential property, threatens more homes.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage