WEATHER TALK IN BEIJING
The talk in Beijing this week is about highlevel power struggles and corruption. Because no officials can speak openly about the most sensational political drama since Chinese military leader Lin Biao was accused of fomenting a coup in 1971 and the Gang of Four (including Mao Zedong’s widow) were arrested in yet another coup attempt in 1976, top leaders are resorting to talking about the weather in conveying subtle but important political messages to the nation.
For the past several days, thousands of “people’s delegates” from all provinces in China converged on Beijing for the annual National People’s Congress and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Congress, two
Bo Xilai, party secretary of the city of Chongqing, is the most-junior and yet most-ambitious and flamboyant member of China’s ruling Politburo.