“Before Bo Xilai, our city was infested with thieves”
People here in Chongqing support Bo Xilai. He brought about several major changes during his term here. First, he made patrol police and traffic police much more present on the city streets. Then, he took measures to lower housing prices. [Bo had announced measures to build housing for low-income residents, giving them the option of buying the property after three years.] Also, he rid us of the mafia. In China, high-ranking officials usually use the mafia as a shield, which is why they don’t crack down on it. But Bo broke this trend. Before he rose to power in Chongqing, the city was infested with thieves; they robbed people in broad daylight. Afterwards, I never saw any thieves anymore. He brought us social order and security.
“Bo will be back”
I believe Bo Xilai is only facing a temporary setback, and will return to power in the future. Right now, the government is afraid of him because Maoists are rising too quickly, and they are afraid this could cause China to lose its balance.Bo achieved a lot in Chongqing. He is widely respected, even outside Chongqing. But he made very sudden changes, which is what caused his downfall. China needs gradual changes.It seems like authorities could find no evidence of Bo being corrupt, and that’s why they went after Bo’s wife. I believe these charges were trumped up, and that this whole scandal was orchestrated by the United States. [Shortly before Bo was fired, his one-time ally, Chongqing’s former police chief Wang Lijun, spent a night at the US consulate, before being taken into custody by central government officials. The US is coveting China’s riches, and now the US is attempting to create internal conflict between Maoists and people on the right in order to plunder us. However, if we persevere and stay united, the US will fall and China will take the lead on the world stage. If Bo is still alive then, I think he will come back and be able to do great things.
“Maoists love him because they are nostalgic for the old days”
Bo Xilai is a power-hungry populist. Singing “red songs” is totally meaningless in this day and age. It’s a form of regression. And his so-called crackdown on the mafia appears to have been a method to expel his enemies. [He has been accused of using his power to intimidate opponents].Maoists love him because they are nostalgic for the old days, which Bo managed, to a certain extent, to revive in Chongqing. However, I think at present, there is not much space for Maoists in China; few people really believe in Maoism, and it does not conform to the current government’s interests. No doubt, then, Bo’s sacking was caused by internal conflict within the Communist Party. The fact that the state media have been calling for solidarity with the government’s decision seems to support this. In any case, this decision effectively ends Bo’s career and ensures Maoism does not move into the mainstream so that we do not regress into the age of Mao, which I am grateful for.