Something doesn’t quite gel here; reading possibly the most comprehensive, and certainly one of the most cohesive reports on the Bo Xilai affair. Apparently, when he was at the American consulate in Chengdu, Wang Lijun said “his life was at risk because he had discovered evidence implicating Gu Kailai in Heywood’s death.” Well, certainly that version would suit the Chinese authorities who would be embarrassed if it were proven publicly that you can build a political career in China based on torture and corruption.
The article, which was in yesterday’s Guardian does at least imply that we should be cautious before coming to any conclusions when it states: that “there is still no evidence for murder, but fresh leaks and sensational rumours emerge every day..” This is, of course, important and increasingly crucial to uncovering the real story behind the story of Bo’s removal, might be the officials at the American consulate. What did Wang Lijun say to them and why are they keeping mum? Of course, we should not expect an answer to the second part of that question. Nevertheless, with their also being the British government supposedly also wanting to get behind the mystery of Neil Heywood’s sudden death, confirmation that Wang Lijun did implicate Gu Kailai would at least lend substance to the “fresh leaks and sensational rumours” that are emerging every day.
Finally, while it is easy to suspect the speedy cremation of Neil Heywood’s corpse as being indicative of the actions of someone who has something to hide, why is there no comment coming from Washington on the Wang Lijun affair? There is, at least, some indication that it is not only the Chinese who want the whole story to get out here and how convenient for both that all and sundry are now discussing the mysterious murder of a British businessman.