The sudden removal of Bo Xilai from the post of secretary of the Communist Party of China in the Chongqing metropolis and his suspension from the CPC politburo and central committee points not just to a power struggle in the upper echelons of the party but also a rejection of the “Chongqing model” by the leadership. By itself, the Chongqing model was a redistributive, reformative programme that intended to address the failings of neo-liberalism, but its repression has united leftist opinion in favour of Bo Xilai. The article has been republished from the Economic and Political Weekly with the author's consent.
Is Bo Xilai's downfall from his post in Chongqing a blow to the "New Left" in China? Or is it merely a translucent shuffle of chairs in the Chinese communist party set up based on political intrigue, as the Western media has tried to portray the event? Srinivasan Ramani examines.