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By Andrew P. Napolitano
Perhaps we're not as free as we think
Topic - Ding Xueliang
China's ruling communists opened a pivotal congress to initiate a power handover to new leaders Thursday with a nod to their revolutionary past and a broad promise of cleaner government while keeping off-stage the main event — the bargaining over seats in the new leadership.
"It was the first time such a high-ranking family has put down the operation step by step," Mr. Ding said. "This case has taught us so much about the dynamics and mechanisms in most Chinese corruption cases."
But Chinese officialdom is familiar with the strategy of spreading out an officeholder's illicit assets and wealth among relatives and trusted friends, so Mr. Bo's defense is unlikely to convince the public, said Mr. Ding, the Chinese politics expert.