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Notes on a scandal: The cast of China's Bo Xilai drama Add to ...

When Gu Kailai was convicted of murdering a British businessman and given a suspended death sentence on Sunday, it marked the end of the latest sensational chapter in the drama surrounding her husband, Bo Xilai. Mr. Bo is seen now as having overreached, triggering his own fall just as he seemed set to reach the pinnacle of power in China, the nine-person Standing Committee of the Politburo. But the Bo family has experienced purge and humiliation before, only to improbably return to China’s political mainstream years later. Mark MacKinnon explores the cast of characters in a story tightly intertwined with the 63-year history of the People’s Republic



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