Erik Rush & Jim Garrow
Sunday, August 26, 2012
The scandal surrounding China’s former Chongqing Committee Secretary Bo Xilai isn’t the sort of thing the average American news consumer
would have initially found terribly interesting, since scandals in governments around the world occur on a regular basis. Add in the fact that press coverage in the West was essentially the party line communicated by the Chinese government, and one has a fairly dull, cut and dried account indeed. The story also didn’t appear to possess the lurid qualities that Americans have been conditioned by the press to expect in “newsworthy” material.
This being the case, the average American news consumer wouldn’t have been aware that February 6, 2012 was the day the U.S. could have gone to war with the People’s Republic of China. It was also the day that the American President Barack Obama turned his back on a Christian trying to do the right thing and threw him to the wolves, proving beyond a shadow of a doubt to the authors of this article that he is not a Christian nor ever was. Christians don’t betray Christians.
The aforementioned Chinese government’s party line regarding these occurrences – most of which was true, but left out a great deal – outlined the story of the singularly ambitious Bo Xilai having conducted illegal electronic surveillance of high-ranking Communist Party officials (including President Hu Jintao) over a long period of time. A money-laundering operation and the murder of a British businessman also appeared to fall at Bo’s feet, and those of his wife, Gu Kailai (Gu was recently convicted of the murder). On February 6, Bo’s police chief, Wang Lijun, who had in recent days become a convert to Christianity and had settled with his conscience to “come clean” about his and the nation of China’s sins, sought refuge at the U.S. consulate in Chengdu.
Here, the story bifurcates, depending on the source. One version states that Wang was under investigation for corruption and was trying to seek asylum in the U.S. in order to escape prosecution. Another says that Wang had information on the involvement of Bo and his wife in the poisoning death of British businessman Neil Heywood (who was found dead in his Chongqing hotel room on November 14, 2011). Heywood had worked with Bo and his wife in his capacity as a consultant for various Western corporate interests. Wang was afraid that Bo would have him killed before he could present the information to authorities.
The fact that the evidence also showed the collusion of Bo, Gu, Wang and high ranking members of the Communist Party Central Committee in the systematic murders of members of the Falun Gong religious group, the harvesting of their organs for transplant, and the billions of dollars made is shocking beyond description.
As Bo’s police chief, Wang had a hand in carrying out much of what the Committee Secretary was doing in his official and “semi-official” capacities. Beyond that, he was also aware of Bo’s aspirations. As indicated earlier, a lot of the account as reported is true; it’s what didn’t make it to press outlets that reported the story that carries graver implications.
It is true that Bo had concerns about Wang Lijun exposing his money laundering, as well as his involvement in Neil Heywood’s murder, but these were almost incidental. Bo Xilai’s designs were no less than the toppling of the current leadership, and this is why his electronic surveillance had extended to the highest levels of the Central Committee, rather than merely serving to thwart organized crime. This is what Bo was concerned about Wang exposing, which is why he had placed Wang under investigation for “corruption.”
Neil Heywood had laundered about $160 million for the Bo family, which was now offshore, but the party line frames a property deal involving Heywood and Bo’s son (Bo Guagua) having gone bad, and Bo’s wife (Gu) killing her friend in some sort of maternal bid to shield Guagua. This is essentially rubbish; Heywood was killed because he was sleeping with Gu, and because she and Heywood had been skimming from the money laundering effort. Bo Xilai found out, and Gu knew what side of the bread her butter was on, so Heywood had to go.
There are fundamental things that Westerners do not understand about China, even those who have had occasion to come to know a few Chinese, or do some business there. Many are even aware of this, but as the saying goes, you don’t know what you don’t know – until you do.
There are Westerners who have cultivated sufficient relationships to do business in China at all levels (Neil Heywood had been one). In their intricate dealings with each other, Chinese officials sometimes have to rely on the discretion of trusted Westerners to address business and other issues wherein doing so within the confines of their own hierarchy might put them at risk. In the case of China’s politics – and particularly concerning individuals as ruthless as Bo Xilai had evidenced he was – this can be a very delicate matter indeed.
It had become apparent to Wang that he was under more than “investigation” and had every reason to believe that he was to be assassinated by Bo’s minions. A high-level official at the U.S. consulate was alerted by a Western businessman that Wang intended to seek refuge therein. This, in addition to the counsel of said businessman, gave the consulate official and their staff time to determine how to handle the situation. Wang was secreted into the consulate by his Western benefactor. Let us remind the reader here that it is a combination of self preservation and Christian conscience that propelled Wang to do what he did. Not treason, not duplicity, and not a betrayal of China to America.
What happened next definitely didn’t appear in The New York Times account. Bo Xilai ordered approximately 1,000 police and armed troops to surround the U.S. consulate, complete with at least one armored vehicle, which parked at the front gate, guns leveled at the building.
For those unfamiliar with diplomacy and international law, this is tantamount to an act of war.
This is where the intercession and of said Western businessman came in, because all of the players were known to this individual. Since Bo’s goal had been his own ascendancy, it was not altogether surprising that he had no compunctions regarding bringing China to the brink of war with the U.S. Neither China nor the U.S. desired this, of course. There was also the problem of Bo’s troops surrounding the U.S. consulate (wherein Wang was hiding), so despite their desire to get him out of there alive and with his evidence intact would be touchy.
In the 36 hours that followed, Bo’s office pressured those in the U.S. consulate to release Wang into the custody of the Chongqing branch, while the Central Committee essentially fretted. During this period, the Western businessman – who was actually thousands of miles away throughout all of this – quietly requisitioned a company aircraft, and had it flown in from out of country. In a move ultimately more reminiscent of Austin Powers than James Bond, Wang Lijun was driven from the consulate to the airport. He was flown to a safe location, and subsequently fell under the protection of the Central Committee. Bo Xilai was subsequently removed from his posts, and later held incommunicado for a time.
Considering the top-down influence China’s leaders have, they had little to worry about with regard to the Chinese people in all of this – but one can’t run around murdering Western businessmen when there are others still needed in trusted positions. Nor can China’s leadership appear not to have its house in order to the rest of the world.
As the Associated Press’ Christopher Bodeen indicated, “Trying disgraced politician Bo Xilai’s wife for murder was the easy part in cleaning up the political mess the couple has created for China’s communist party leaders. Now comes the tough part: punishing Bo for abuse of power without further tarnishing the party’s reputation.”
This may never occur. In an eerie turnaround, the government now intends to put Wang Lijun on trial for treason. In addition to this, information regarding his involvement in unsavory projects and programs (generally business-as-usual for the Chinese government) have been released to the Western press. It appears that there is now an effort on the part of the Central Committee to shift the focus from Bo’s to Wang’s illicit activities.
What this probably amounts to is that Bo Xilai has so much compromising information on his political enemies that they dare not touch him. No doubt that a lot of it is safe in various locations with other parties loyal to him, or he might have met with an unfortunate end by now. It is a matter of public record that his surveillance extended as far as President Hu Jintao, so we can only imagine the extent of the information Bo possesses on members of the Central Committee. It is fair to speculate that he has negotiated an arrangement whereby Wang Lijun will be the fall guy for the treason, while his own ex-wife pays the price for Heywood’s murder.
The specific details of the murder and harvesting of organs from a despised religious cult in China is now also being acknowledged and laid at the feet of Wang, who now resembles Snidley Whiplash more than Mighty Mouse in this cartoon happening on the international stage. It is not only illustrative of Bo’s remaining power and ambition, but how far-reaching his designs really were. In February, the Obama administration – essentially the President himself – ordered the U.S. consulate officials to throw Wang and his evidence out of the consulate. Those working to get Wang and his evidence safely into the hands of the Central Committee presumed that in so doing, Bo’s designs would be thwarted. Unknown to them was the extent of the leverage Bo Xilai’s actually had.
The betrayal of Christians is the least of President Obama’s worries right now. Obviously, he never reasoned that any of this information – China being China – would surface in any venue in which it could be examined by those in the West, but God is showing a distinct sense of humour in this now emerging for public scrutiny.
Is it possible that the newly minted Christian Wang Lijun is in fact a hero of the Chinese people and may take the fall for a corrupt coup on the part of the Bo Xilai? The problem herein lies again not only in Bo’s grandiose ambition, but in the fact that he is a dedicated Maoist reactionary. He did not merely want Hu Jintao’s job; he wished to transform China back into the more fervently nationalistic and imperialist nation it was under Mao Zedong.
Even if Bo Xilai’s star does not rise again publicly, it doesn’t take a foreign policy specialist to extrapolate how things might develop if China reverts to a pre Nixon-era comportment concerning the West, with Bo as the shadowy puppet master behind the Communist Party of China. It would be disastrous for Sino-Western relations, given that Bo is indeed a no-holds-barred communist. What might the practical and economic implications be for the West – and the U.S. in particular – should this take place? Only time will tell – when and if this occurs.
What this will mean for the American public in its judgment of a President who has turned his back on Christianity at every turn and embraced Islamists any time he can is also yet to be determined. Who can trust a President who refuses to grant safe haven to someone with evidence that might shake a nation to its core, but could bring an end to evil on the scale of a “Chinese Holocaust?” Not those of us in possession of the facts, and hopefully not the American public, who can tell the difference between those willing to die for their faith and those who proclaim Christianity yet act in direct contradiction to that claim.