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In China, a high-profile trial shows Beijing's choreography

With the proceedings against Bo Xilai, the Chinese government is anxious to demonstrate its resolve to fight corruption

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Chinese police officers march into the the Jinan Intermediate People's Court in Jinan to prepare for the arrival of former politician Bo Xilai in eastern China's Shandong province on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013. Former Chinese politician Bo Xilai will stand trial at the court on Thursday on charges of corruption and abuse of power.

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A crowd gathers behind barriers and police lines before the arrival of former politician Bo Xilai outside the Jinan Intermediate People's Court in Jinan, in eastern China's Shandong province on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013. Former Chinese politician Bo Xilai will stand trial at the court on Thursday on charges of corruption and abuse of power.

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Police officers resume order behind a barricade after a rally staged by supporters of disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai, near the Jinan Intermediate People's Court, where his trial will be held in Jinan, Shandong province August 22, 2013. The long-awaited trial of ousted Chinese politician Bo opened on Thursday, said a court in eastern China, beginning the final, dramatic chapter of the country's most politically charged case in more than three decades.

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Chinese police officers prepare for the arrival of former politician Bo Xilai outside the Jinan Intermediate People's Court in Jinan, in eastern China's Shandong province on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013. Former Chinese politician Bo Xilai will stand trial at the court on Thursday on charges of corruption and abuse of power.

Ng Han Guan/AP

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Chinese police officers run as they prepare for the arrival of former politician Bo Xilai outside the Jinan Intermediate People's Court in Jinan, in eastern China's Shandong province on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013. Former Chinese politician Bo Xilai will stand trial at the court on Thursday on charges of corruption and abuse of power.

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A supporter holds a placard during a rally behind a police barricade near the Jinan Intermediate People's Court, where the trial of disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai will be held in Jinan, Shandong province August 22, 2013. The long-awaited trial of ousted Chinese politician Bo opened on Thursday, said a court in eastern China, beginning the final, dramatic chapter of the country's most politically charged case in more than three decades. The placard reads, “Exploration of Chongqing is good for the country and the people, common prosperity is what the people want.”

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Chinese police officers march up the steps of the Jinan Intermediate People's Court in Jinan, eastern China's Shandong province on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013. Former Chinese politician Bo Xilai will stand trial at the court on Thursday on charges of corruption and abuse of power.

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Policemen patrol in formation next to a gate of the Jinan Intermediate People's Court, where the trial of disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai will be held in Jinan, Shandong province August 22, 2013. The long-awaited trial of ousted Chinese politician Bo opened on Thursday, said a court in eastern China, beginning the final, dramatic chapter of the country's most politically charged case in more than three decades.

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Vehicles enter a gate of the Jinan Intermediate People's Court, where the trial of disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai will be held in Jinan, Shandong province August 22, 2013. The long-awaited trial of ousted Chinese politician Bo opened on Thursday, said a court in eastern China, beginning the final, dramatic chapter of the country's most politically charged case in more than three decades.

CARLOS BARRIA/REUTERS

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Chinese supporters of former politician Bo Xilai hold up banners at the Jinan Intermediate People's Court in Jinan, in eastern China's Shandong province on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013. Former Chinese politician Bo Xilai will stand trial at the court on Thursday on charges of corruption and abuse of power.

Ng Han Guan/AP

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