In China, Netizens See Bo Xilai’s Future in TV Tea Leaves

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Added: 11-03-2012
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Can someone’s political future be determined in seconds? That’s what Chinese Internet users are wondering on Friday, as they look for clues about the future of Chinese politician Bo Xilai./nBo Xilai is the embattled Communist Party Secretary of the southwestern city of Chongqing. He’s been in trouble since his deputy Wang Lijun fled to the US Consulate last month and possibly left incriminating evidence about Bo there./nNetizens are analyzing a news story from state-run China Central Television. The story is about a press conference featuring Bo and other Chongqing officials./nWestern media have been interested in this press conference because of Bo’s political scandal. Naturally, state-run CCTV didn’t mention that. But, they didn’t mention much about Bo, either./nBo doesn’t appear until 19 seconds into the story. He’s shown for two seconds, and then doesn’t appear again./nIt may seem crazy to look at how many seconds someone appears on television to predict their future. But as China watchers point out, these state-run news stories, especially about important meetings, are carefully orchestrated and vetted./nNetizens are watching like hawks for more information. They’re saying things about how this is really big, and even cooler than watching a Hollywood movie./n

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