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48.000 x 24.000 x 2.000 inches
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Bo's Boo Boo And Gu Gone Wild
Painting - Acrylic On Pine Panel
Gu Kailai is the wife of a powerful political provincial Communist Boss Bo Xilai. She came to be a famous national hero of Chinese business as a lawyer defending Chinese businesses from charges copy right infrindement in a civil suit in the US and winning the case. She later married Bo Xilai, who was a rising star in the Communist party leadership and at one point was considered to be up for top national leadership in 2013 10-year Politburo change-over.
He had squeezed many local businessmen accused of mafia and corruption. Of course, he is now worth over $100 million plus in the corrupt Communist government. Many of the businesses complained that he was confiscating legit business from them in Chongqing province. He definitely was collecting more than his government salary. In March 2012, his top leutenant of the provincal police sought protection from Bo in the disappearance of businessman Neil Haywood.
At first, it was suggested Neil, an architect peer of Gu Kailai, had died of alcohol overdose and the body had been cremated, which highly suggested a cover-up. It later turned out he never drank, so this story began to unravel. Additionally, he had approached Gu over a construction deal of $22 million gone sour during the real estate bust in China. He demanded payback and Gu refused. He said he could threaten her son who was now living in the UK going to school with the help of Neil. It was speculated that Neil additionally was the lover of Gu, which adds a further layer of betrayal to the story. Of course, as Bo Xilai was an extremely powerful local politican, he could have directly been connected to the actual crime, but for sure involved in the cover-up of the murder afterwards. Considering the murder was by poison, it was likely Gu's direct decision in the murder as it is easier for a woman to kill a man in this fashion. One of the controversies surrounding Bo, outside of this murder, was his use of popular rallies using Communist songs and his popularity in fighting local corruption and the mob in Chongqing province, so possibly this was a sting by higher up Communist party members to stop a truly popular leader coming to power that could consolidate power into dictator-like position similar to Mao as other current Communist leaders follow a free market position with less government role as under previous political generations like Mao (the basis of their original power base).
Currently, Bo Xilai is slowly having his powerful allies and direct reports being pushed out of power as the CCP pushes to have him thrown out of the Communist party and minimizing his power. Of course, his possible rise in the current top leadership has failed, but other Chinese leaders have risen from the ashes of complete banishment to power again.
Bo Xilai is a princeling in China, meaning his father was one of the direct followers and party bosses under Mao, so Bo has many connections. In China, the power of connections is supreme over any raw talent. You have to be greatly talented, but first you must have connections.
Their son, Bo Guagua was studying in one of the top US schools, Harvard and now has not returned to China with the family's ostrasization. He, himself, drove a lot of public anger at political corruption showing up once to pick up the US embassador's daughter in a red Ferrari at the age of 24.
Another flash point that highlights the corruption of the CCP party was the US ambassador himself shown to be getting coffee himself with a backpack on. As CCP junior and senior members usually go around with 100s of servants that carry anything and bring them all food, drink and women on command, he essentially showed the local Chinese just how corrupt their officials are. The CCP party responded by censoring the discussion of the US ambassador in any Chinese media over this "coffee and a backpack" scandal, which makes you wonder how they communicate with the US at all.
October 22nd, 2012
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