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tennisbum79
Apr 24th, 2012, 09:06 PM
This is a web of scandal and intrigue.

Lesson here.
When you call yourself "Jacky O'" of China, and married to a powerful politician, who is also a womanizer, you should not expect him to faithful to you.
History has a way of repeat itself.



But wait, she did not take it lying down, no pun intended, not only did she also cheated, she is now accused of poisoning her lover, who threatened to expose her scheme to launder money abroad.



‘Toxic’ temptress’ hubby has 100 lovers



No wonder she cheated on him.
Bo Xilai, the Chinese power baron whose wife is accused of fatally poisoning her British lover, had at least 100 mistresses of his own, it was revealed yesterday.

Bo was a playboy who wielded huge power for five years as ruler of Chongqing, the world’s largest city, according to Chinese journalist Jiang Weiping, who has reported on the Bo family’s corruption.
“I think it’s an extremely conservative guess to say he had 100 mistresses,” he told National Public Radio.

Jiang added, “He also used women as a commodity to give to other officials.”

Bo’s wife, Gu Kailai — who was dubbed the Jackie Kennedy of Chinese politics — faces murder charges for the poisoning of British businessman Neil Heywood.



Jiang said that when Bo was a major Communist official in the city of Dalian in the 1980s, entrepreneurs gave “millions” to Gu in order to influence her husband.


The disclosure comes as The Wall Street Journal reported that Chinese authorities are investigating billions of dollars of government spending in Chong–qing during Bo’s leadership.



Gu is believed to have killed Heywood because he threatened to expose her scheme to secretly ship large amounts of money out of China.



source: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/international/toxic_temptress_hubby_has_lovers_z8C9sg2uRPZ9QseiN Ruh7N?utm_medium=rss&utm_content=International

tennisbum79
Apr 24th, 2012, 09:12 PM
The husband, Bo Xilai Had History Of Bribery.


http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2012/04/18/xilai_custom.jpg?t=1334757882&s=4 Ng Han Guan/AP Chongqing party secretary Bo Xilai attended a plenary session of the National People's Congress last month in Beijing, shortly before he was stripped of all his Politburo positions.





18, 2012
China is gripped by a tale of murder, betrayal, flight and intrigue that threatens the stability of the entire nation. At its heart is the death of a 41-year-old British businessman in a hotel room in the city of Chongqing last fall. The scandal has brought down a high-flying Chinese politician, Chongqing's party secretary Bo Xilai, and his wife, with China's state-run media hinting at their corruption and abuse of power.
The death of an Englishman overseas has rarely had such fallout. In the British Parliament on Tuesday, Foreign Secretary William Hague referred to Neil Heywood's death, saying, "We are pursuing this extremely carefully, but vigorously."

To make sure he got promotions, Bo Xilai used all his powers as Dalian mayor to bribe other princelings.



- Chinese journalist Jiang Weiping

The U.S. also has been drawn in. The scandal first broke when Bo's former police chief, Wang Lijun, sought asylum at an American consulate in Chengdu, about 100 miles away from Chongqing, in early February. Hague confirmed (http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/news/latest-news/?view=PressS&id=753573682) Tuesday that Wang was bearing details about Heywood's suspicious death in November. Wang was refused asylum, and is now in Chinese custody.

Then last week, Beijing made a stunning official announcement on state-run television. Heywood, it said, had been murdered, and the prime suspect was the woman dubbed China's Jackie Kennedy: Gu Kailai, Bo's wife. She had been close with Heywood, but "they had conflict over economic interests, which had been intensified," according to the official statement.
Gu is being held by the judicial authorities under suspicion of murder.

So who was Neil Heywood? He had moved to China more than a decade ago, initially living in the northern city of Dalian at a time when Bo was mayor. Heywood had done some work for Hakluyt, a private British information company. He also forged ties with the Bo family, helping organize the education of Bo's son, Bo Guagua, who studied at the exclusive British boarding schools Papplewick and Harrow.

Kerry Brown, a China expert at the London think tank Chatham House, says he met Heywood several times over a decade.
Enlarge (javascript:void(0);) AP British businessman Neil Heywood, seen in April 2011, was found dead in a hotel room in the Chinese city of Chongqing in November. An official announcement last week said Gu Kailai, the wife of Bo Xilai, is suspected of murder.

http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2012/04/18/heywood_custom.jpg?t=1334756440&s=51
AP British businessman Neil Heywood, seen in April 2011, was found dead in a hotel room in the Chinese city of Chongqing in November. An official announcement last week said Gu Kailai, the wife of Bo Xilai, is suspected of murder.



"I think he did refer to Bo Xilai, but not I think in detail," says Brown, who sees Heywood as a kind of consultant who was effectively selling access to the Bo family. "He was working on very specific networks. He kept his business to himself, and I suppose it's become clear as this story has grown and grown how few people did know much about what he was doing."

Heywood was murdered for threatening to expose plans to transfer money overseas, according to a leak from the official Chinese investigation reported by Reuters. Lurid rumors of cyanide and poisoned drinks have been flying around China's Internet. But none of it — even the most sensational allegations — comes as a surprise to Chinese journalist Jiang Weiping. He worked for the state-run media in Hong Kong, but spent five years in prison and another three effectively under house arrest after using a pseudonym to report on the Bo family's corruption. He now lives in Canada.

In a telephone interview with NPR, Jiang described how Bo and his wife operated back in the late 1980s. Bo was running Dalian's propaganda office, which oversaw cultural affairs. His wife, who is also a lawyer, started the Folk Customs Culture Research Institute.

"The heads of the Authors Association and the Artists Association, etc., were chosen by his wife," Jiang says. "You had to give her gifts before you would be promoted. She got millions from entrepreneurs 'sponsoring' her institute. But she was actually just raking in money. She used this to throw parties, give favors and line her own pockets."

As her husband rose through the ranks, Gu set up a legal firm, which Jiang believes fulfilled the same function. Jiang alleges the pair used family members to hide their wealth. Gu's sisters have companies worth $126 million, according to Bloomberg news agency. And Bo's brother is reportedly vice chairman of a state-run company, using a pseudonym, with stock options worth $25 million.


Jiang says Bo used real estate to buy support from the children of high officials, known as princelings. "To make sure he got promotions, Bo Xilai used all his powers as Dalian mayor to bribe other princelings," Jiang says. "He gave them land deals, financial projects and overseas trade opportunities to build connections, so they would help him get promoted and get rich."


Indeed, there is even a reference to how Bo's supporters were "coordinating his real estate interests" in a leaked U.S. diplomatic cable (http://www.cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=09SHENYANG127) dating from 2009. The cable describes how people close to Bo "control several major real estate developments in Dalian."

With his leftist vision and high-powered network, Bo became the rock star of Chinese politics, a strong contender for the highest leadership body. And China's press is emphasizing that his spectacular downfall has not touched off any political turmoil. "It does not indicate a political struggle within the party," reads an editorial (http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/opinion/2012-04/18/content_15075589.htm) published Wednesday in the China Daily.

But few Chinese believe that, especially in light of news reports that party members and the military have had to swear loyalty oaths to China's current leadership. "There can only be one explanation for the military's oath of loyalty," says Zhang Ming, a political scientist at Renmin University of China. "Bo Xilai tried to mobilize the army, something like a rebellion. He went too far."


The government has firmly denied any coup attempt, arresting six people for spreading such rumors. Bo is currently under investigation for "serious disciplinary offenses," and there has been speculation that he could be facing the death penalty. Yet any attempt to unravel his web of corruption is likely to implicate many others in the Communist hierarchy.

Jiang predicts more details of Bo's fast-living lifestyle will emerge, including his philandering. "I think it's an extremely conservative guess to say he had 100 mistresses. He was very powerful. He had girlfriends himself, and he also used women as a commodity to give to other officials."

The real problem is that Bo is a product of China's political system. The son of a Communist hero, he used his revolutionary bloodline to accrue untold wealth and privileges. The case opens a window on a princeling oligarchy as far away from true Communism as can be imagined. The very legitimacy of China's Communist Party could be at stake.

Optimists hope the scandal will lead to political reform. The alternative, they say, is unthinkable.


source:http://www.npr.org/2012/04/18/150859101/beijing-tries-to-control-growing-political-scandal

tennisbum79
Apr 24th, 2012, 11:39 PM
To British posters, how is the part of murder of Neil Heywood covered in Britain?

Doully
Apr 24th, 2012, 11:47 PM
Tiny input from myself but I heard this on the radio a couple of weeks back. Maybe 3-4 weeks? Not 100%.
Sounded absolutely scandalous then but I got out of my car as I felt like a bit of a numpty sat parked in my drive listening to my radio. :lol:

I'd completely forgotten to look it up so thanks for the info.

Would quite like to see how this turns out.

dybbuk
Apr 25th, 2012, 12:00 AM
This is my favorite international news story at the moment; it's such a crazy soap opera. The corruption goes so deep. It was crazy reading how all these people connected to him magically got all this start-up money and government support, it was such a long list of people he was helping with his political clout. Not to mention this all brings up the question as to how much the Chinese officials were covering up before he fell out of favor with them. No way they didn't know how shady he was before now. It's just now they want rid of him so they're coming hard for him and his family.

Ummm and.... I find Bo Guagua really cute. I don't even care. :tape:

tennisbum79
Apr 25th, 2012, 12:31 AM
This is my favorite international news story at the moment; it's such a crazy soap opera. The corruption goes so deep. It was crazy reading how all these people connected to him magically got all this start-up money and government support, it was such a long list of people he was helping with his political clout. Not to mention this all brings up the question as to how much the Chinese officials were covering up before he fell out of favor with them. No way they didn't know how shady he was before now. It's just now they want rid of him so they're coming hard for him and his family.

Ummm and.... I find Bo Guagua really cute. I don't even care. :tape:

I couldn't believe, when a friend of mine, who is Chinese told me about it.

She had forgotten both the name of husband and wife, so I tried google, "China 100 mistresses", and there it was.
My fiedn had not mentioned the murder of the British gentleman, so when I discovered it, it made the even more intriguing.
So many story lines if the full were to be told in new magazine or made for tv movie.

The husband, Bo Xila, political career full of tales of corruption and bribery since his career started
Bo's womanizing and the perception is so different from the US. While is something to be frowned on in the US, it is a high status symbol to collect so many mistresses in China
How he leveraged his unique gift by providing(or pimping) women to other politician in exchange for favors
The wife, Gu Kailai Jackie Kennedy of Chinese politics, and how she ascended to power.
Then there is Neil Heywood, the British businessman, how she came to "hook up" with Jacky O and why did he want to expose her
THis story is crying out for Keith Morrison of NBC Dateline to tell it how only he can

tennisbum79
Apr 26th, 2012, 05:55 AM
I heard a little bit more about Mr Heywood, although not confirmed by western news reports I can find.

Apparently, he was willingly helping his lover, Gu Kailai, to launder money outside of China , ...for a fee

The latest transaction was a considerable amount of money and Mr Neil Heywood wanted more for his services/expertise.
But Gu Lailai thought the fees were too high and refused to pay.
Mr Heywood then threatened to go public and expose/report Gu Lailai to Chinese authorities. To which Lailai decided to eliminate Heywood rather than risk her reputation and career.


Again, this story was told to me by Chinese friend, she said she read in Chinese news account, but I have not found this angle on google in western media


To British posters, what is the British media reporting about this big story of intrigue
Is it covered at all?

Halardfan
Apr 26th, 2012, 07:41 AM
I heard a little bit more about Mr Heywood, although not confirmed by western news report I can find.

Apparently, he was willingly helping his lover, Gu Kailai, to launder money outside of China , ...for a fee

The latest transaction was a considerable amount of money and Mr Neil Heywood wanted more for his services/expertise.
But Gu Lailai thought the fees were too high and refused to pay.
Mr Heywood then threatened to go public and expose/report Gu Lailai to Chinese authorities. To which Lailai decided to eliminate Heywood rather than risk her reputation and career.


Again, this story was told to me by Chinese friend, she said she read in Chinese news account, but I have no found this angle on google.


To British posters, what is the British media reporting about this big story of intrigue
Is it covered at all?

Living in Japan as I now do I tend to see British news rather second hand, but it does seem to have been a big story there. It also has has some coverage here in Japan, though of course they are most interested in the Chinese part of the story.

ranfurly
Apr 26th, 2012, 07:53 AM
Since we seemingly have a Chinese version of Aristotle, and Jacqueline, all this tale now needs is a Maria Callas comparison..

The Woman in the back...

Lin Lin
Apr 26th, 2012, 11:56 AM
:help:

tennisbum79
Apr 26th, 2012, 01:47 PM
:help:
Hey Lin Lin, feel free to add more perspective from China.

Mynarco
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:31 PM
I couldn't help choking when I knew the son was named Bo Gua Gua (Gua means melon) :haha:

I somehow believe Bo is being set up. He and his family is just on the losing end of a power struggle

dybbuk
Apr 26th, 2012, 06:57 PM
Now it's come out that he was tapping high ranking officials. Including the damn President. :haha: He's so unbelievably fucked.

LeRoy.
Apr 26th, 2012, 09:54 PM
Who wrote the article? The English is flawless. :hearts: