WEATHER TALK IN BEI­JING

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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

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

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.

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