Is China's Communist Party Putting Itself on Trial?
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Is China's Communist Party Putting Itself on Trial?

A former candidate to be leader of China went on trial today on corruption charges minor compared to things he's widely known to have done.  But Bo Xilai is staging a spirited defense. We learn why the trial is a major event for China's new leadership and what domestic and foreign consequences are likely. Also, the world reacts to the latest attacks in Syria, and one of Turkey's most influential figures -- in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains.

Banner image: Disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai stands trial inside the court in Jinan, Shandong province August 22, 2013, in this photo released by Jinan Intermediate People's Court. Photo: Jinan Intermediate People's Court/Handout via Reuters

 

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China's trial of the century is not following the political script that was widely predicted. On Day One, former Communist Party honcho Bo Xilai vigorously defended himself, and claimed his bribery confessions had been coerced. It's a crucial event for new Party Chief, Xi Jinping, against a background of public outrage over corruption and demands to restore the era of Mao Tse Dung. Will a trial that dramatizes graft and economic inequality lead to reform?  Will it make any difference in China's relations with the US and the rest of the world?

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