**FILE** Bo Xilai, then Chongqing party secretary, attends the closing session of the annual National People's Congress in the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing on March 14, 2012. Xilai, a rising Communist Party star who fell from power last year, will go on trial Thursday on corruption charges, a court announced on Aug. 18, 2013, putting China's new leaders on course to wrap up a festering scandal as they try to cement their authority. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Bo Xilai, then Chongqing party secretary, attends the closing session of the annual National People's Congress in the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing on March 14, 2012. Xilai, a rising Communist Party star who fell from power last year, will go on trial Thursday on corruption charges, a court announced on Aug. 18, 2013, putting China's new leaders on course to wrap up a festering scandal as they try to cement their authority. (Associated Press)